Machine guarding



Injection molding machines: Avoid the hazards

Used in the plastics industry, thermoplastic injection molding machines “produce molded plastic parts by converting plastic pellets into molten material, injecting the molten plastic into a mold and cooling the plastic material,” OSHA says. Industries that use these machines include toy, medical device and beverage container manufacturers.
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Control hazardous energy: 6 steps

Simply put, “lockout/tagout is a safety procedure used to make sure equipment and machines are properly shut off and not able to start during maintenance or repair work,” the Texas Department of Insurance says. “This is known as controlling hazardous energy.”
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Reduce crushing injuries involving presses

Nearly half of all work-related injuries involving mechanical power presses result in amputation, statistics compiled by OSHA show. Around 60% of amputations involve a worker’s fingers or arm getting caught or compressed by a press or other machinery such as a conveyer, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Prevent caught-in, caught-between incidents

Cave-ins during excavation work, body parts being pulled into unguarded machinery, standing within the swing radius of cranes and other equipment, and being caught between a piece of equipment and a fixed object – all of these are examples of caught-in or caught-between incidents that can occur at work.
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Bench-mounted and pedestal grinder safety

Bench-mounted and pedestal grinders – which are equipped with abrasive stones, wire brushes and buffing brushes to sharpen, grind, strip and polish metal – can be found in many industrial settings, according to the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of British Columbia.

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Don’t get pinched

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes a pinch point as any point where it is possible for part of a worker’s body to be caught between moving parts of a machine, between stationary and moving parts, or between material and any part of the machine.
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Stay on guard when woodworking

In woodworking, potential contact with a saw blade presents a very serious hazard. Even though guards offer protection, it is important to remember they alone cannot prevent an injury from happening.
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Lockout/tagout safety

The OSHA lockout/tagout standard outlines practices and procedures required to prevent the flow of dangerous energy while employees are servicing equipment. This includes all sources of energy, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical and thermal.
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Avoiding amputations

One of the worst injuries a worker can sustain is an amputation. OSHA reports that thousands of workers every year lose body parts – most often a fingertip – as a result of on-the-job accidents
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