February Safety Tip: Be Cautious of Unguarded Machinery

Jan 06, 2019

Exposure to unguarded machinery causes over 18,000 amputations, abrasions, lacerations and crushing injuries every year. Despite efforts to protect you from those hazards, some may not have been anticipated and guarded. Even a small change in a machine’s usage can expose you and those around you to new risks.

The best protection against unanticipated risks is an effective hazard recognition process. Each worker is a key player in the hazard recognition process and is expected to:
  • Know how to recognize and inspect machine safeguards, and properly adjust them when necessary.
  • Anticipate potential hazards before operating any type of equipment. Never assume that safeguards and warning signs will protect you from all potential hazards.
  • Be aware of all moving parts and potentially dangerous work areas. Never reach into machinery if you’re uncertain about its safety.
  • Be aware of the actions of others. If you see someone doing something that could be dangerous, warn them immediately.
  • Know how to report hazards. Inform a manager as soon as you identify unguarded machinery so it can be properly addressed.
Information provided by CHS Insurance.

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