Employees who work around machinery are at risk when proper machine guards are not used. Earlier this year, a 36-year-old Wisconsin worker became entangled in a machine’s operating spindle and suffered injuries that led to his death. A recently concluded Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the accident reveal that machine guards were bypassed at the machining facility, presumably to speed production.
Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration rules direct employers to provide a safe environment for their workers. To this end, machine guards are necessary to prevent these types of workplace accidents from occurring. General OSHA requirements for machine guards include that guards be affixed to the machine where possible and secured elsewhere if not. One or more methods of machine guarding, such as barrier guards or electronic safety devices, must be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards.
Unfortunately, machine-related injuries are very common. Although machine guarding safety regulations are mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these rules are often ignored exposing workers to life-threatening dangers. If you or a family member has been injured in a workplace accident, contact the workers’ compensation personal injury Law Firm of Stoltze & Stoltze for help. We have helped hundreds of injured workers in Iowa get the compensation they need when they are injured on the job. Contact us today for help.
Source; OSHA, “OSHA Regional News Release”, September 6, 2016.