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 lead 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 in 2015. Though the technology DOES exists to prevent such injuries, 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. The lack of machine guarding or inadequate lockout procedures is one of the top four causes of workplace accidents in Ontario.
Ensure that both your employees and your business reputation are 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
- Make sure your equipment is regularly inspected
Let’s try and change the statistics, instead of having 735 Workers Injured in the U.S.A. to Zero Workers Injured. Be part of the solution, by ensuring your machines are properly guarded to prevent your company and employees from becoming part of another statistic.