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How to prevent machine-related injuries in the workplace

As a Pennsylvania worker, you are most likely concerned with staying safe at your place of employment. If you regularly use heavy machinery or equipment, you may face a number of risks. Our legal team at Friday & Cox LLC, are well aware of the dangers that machinery can pose when all relevant safety standards are not observed, including the possibility of experiencing an injury due to faulty or improperly maintained equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes the importance of safe practices when it comes to machine operation in the workplace. Proper protective gear is highly important and must be made accessible by employers to ensure that your safety remains a priority. Facial coverings are vital if you are working with certain types of equipment, as are goggles for eye protection.

In addition to wearable safety gear, OSHA provides a number of recommendations relevant to both you as a worker as well as your employer. This includes the use of guards when operating a piece of equipment, which offer protection from crushed extremities as well as cuts and bruises. Many types of equipment require guards, including saws, machines used for milling, shears, presses and assorted power tools. Guards can also be applied to different areas of equipment to enhance safety.

If you are the operator of a machine, point of operation guarding is highly important. These guards must follow all pertinent safety regulations to ensure you remain protected while carrying out duties. If you work in close proximity to a machine that may pose a risk (such as by flying debris), general machine guarding should be in place. For more information on your options if you’ve suffered an equipment-related injury in the workplace, please visit our website.


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