Machine education can prevent amputations and other dangers

Many industrial machines are full of dangerous moving parts, and if workers are not properly educated on how to handle these tools, their fingers, toes, arms and legs might be severed by sharp objects.

This was the case in a Great Falls, Montana Wal-Mart, where employees apparently faced multiple amputation dangers when they operated a bread slicer. A federal workplace safety agency is fining the establishment $50,000 due to repeat violations.

"The best way to control and prevent amputations caused by stationary machinery is machine safeguarding," said Jeff Funke, the agency's area director in Billings, according to the source. "This employer had been previously cited for this specific piece of equipment and failed to ensure that corrective actions were taken and maintained."

A job hazard analysis can limit exposure to deadly blades and other mechanics that can cause bodily harm, and workers will also be able to recognize warning signs during potential emergencies. Businesses can also expect workplace productivity to increase with a workplace hazard assessment because employees will be more comfortable with their surroundings.

Topics: Safety Management, Job Hazard Analysis