Machines can be a useful workplace tool. But for manufacturing workers, they can be equally dangerous as they are efficient. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, machines account for a fair percentage of workplace-related injuries and deaths.
Machines come in all shapes and sizes. They can also help workers complete various tasks. However, the complexity of their make-up can be hazardous if improperly used. Manufacturing workers are no stranger to these risks. Sadly, some lose limbs, fingers, eyesight or even their lives as a result. Because of this, OSHA requires employers to have machine guards to reduce the risk of occupational injuries and fatalities.
What are the requirements for machine guards?
OSHA states workers need a safe environment where they can perform their duties. Unfortunately, workers don’t always know if their employers have the proper barriers in place. For the machine guard to meet OSHA standards, it must:
- Protect workers from falling objects: Workers shouldn’t get hit by any falling debris or parts from a machine.
- Keep workers a safe distance from the machine: Workers’ limbs or other body parts should avoid contact with the machine.
- Ensure guards are secure: Workers should not be able to access or tamper with the machine guard very easily.
- Not present any new dangers: Guards should not prevent hazards if they create new ones.
- Perform its essential functions: Guards must let machines operate at full capacity.
Workers need a secure and protective workspace
Employees must feel safe. If they get hurt, the Bollinger Law Firm can be their trusted legal partner, making sure they and their families get the compensation benefits they deserve.