Machines need machine guarding, that’s a reality! There is a cost involved, however, at the end of the day, it can and will save your employees.
An example of an unfortunate incident is The Ice Plant in Seaford, Del., they failed to guard a piece of machinery and this resulted in an accident. An accident so severe that it leads to both of the employee’s legs being amputated. With today’s technology, you would think we would not have to worry about such accidents occurring, however, this accident happened on May 28, 2015. The technology exists to prevent such injuries, but YOU have to be the one to take the initiative and ensure that it is installed on your machines.
Unfortunately, many accidents like this happen all over the country and the world. Lack of machine guarding or inadequate lockout procedures is one of the top four causes of workplace accidents in Ontario.
Ensure that your employees are safe and your business reputation is safe. No one wants an injured employee, tarnished reputation or lawsuit on their hands.
So what can you do?
- Make sure you follow the rules
- Emphasis safety over deadlines
- Train your employees on how to properly use machinery
- Ensure your guarding technology and hazard assessments are up to date
- Be aware of OHSA/OSHA health and safety updates and requirements
Let’s try and change the statistics instead of having 735 workers injured in the U.S. to Zero. Be part of the solution, by ensuring your machines are properly guarded in order to prevent injuries.