MACHINE GUARDING - FOR YOUR PROTECTION
Do you look at machine guards as a
hindrance to doing your job? Do you think, if only that guard wasn't there,
I could do my job easier and faster? If you do, take what might be the
last look at your hands. Statistics reveal that three out of every ten
lost-time injuries involve the hands and arms and almost ten percent of
all disabling injuries are caused by machinery.
While machine guards cannot prevent
all injuries to the hands, guards do prevent many accidents that in the
past have crippled or maimed.
Guards are designed to protect, not
hinder. They are engineered to provide as much protection as possible,
even to machine operators who take chances or who are distracted while
on the job.
Machine guards protect against direct
contact with moving parts, flying chips, kickbacks, and splashing of metal
or corrosive liquids. Guards are also used for machine operator protection
in the event of a mechanical or electrical failure.
A guard cannot be effective without
the cooperation of the person operating the machine. It is very important
that anyone working with or around machinery understands the following
general safety rules.
Before operating machinery always check
to be sure that the proper guards are in place and in good condition.
No machine should be operated without
guards in place.
If guards are defective or missing,
report this unsafe condition to your supervisor,
Only authorized personnel should make
Guards should never be adjusted or
removed unless authorized by your supervisor.
When guards are removed for adjustment
or repair, the main power switch for the machine should be locked in the
Remember, safe guards are installed
on machinery to protect your safety and health.
If they are to protect you effectively, they must be in position and maintained in good condition.