Avoiding machinery-related injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are all sorts of machinery-related injuries that workers frequently suffer, such as going blind and losing fingers. In San Bernardino, California, it is essential for those who work with machines to identity potential dangers and avoid accidents that may cause a serious injury or even result in the loss of life. While incidents involving machinery are not always preventable, it is extremely important for employers and everyone who uses machinery firsthand to mitigate risks in every way possible.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration provides a number of tips that may help workers avoid a machine-related accident. For example, workers should only use machinery that was inspected beforehand and never use any machinery that needs a repair. Furthermore, workers should watch out for energy-related problem areas, such as risks related to pneumatics or electricity. Prior to fixing machinery, it is crucial to ensure that the machinery is protected from dangerous motions and the power is turned off.

Aside from maintenance and the safe operation of machinery, other mishaps can occur. For example, a worker may use machinery properly but suffer an injury after they are struck by fragments while working. As a result, it is pivotal for those who work with machinery to wear proper clothing and protective gear at all times. There are many types of protective gear that can keep workers safe, including safety glasses and boots, protective suits, ear muffs to prevent hearing damage and hair nets to prevent hair from getting tangled up in a machine.

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