Amputations Related To The Workplace
These injuries result from the use of machines such as presses, conveyors, shaping machines, saws, hand tools, forklifts, doors and trash compactors.
One must recognize contributing factors for amputations such as hazardous mechanical components and hazardous mechanical motions like rotating machinery.
Employees operating and caring for machinery perform activities that present potential amputation hazards. Most of these activities involve servicing and maintenance of machinery such as machine inspection, cleaning jams and cleaning of machines. Therefore understanding the mechanical components of machinery will help workers avoid injury.
The primary method for preventing amputations is to safeguard machines. Safeguarding of machines can be done by guards which provide physical barriers that prevent access to danger areas and by safeguarding devices to prevent operator contact with hazardous machine motion or if any part of an individual's body is within the hazardous portion of the machine.
There are four types of machine guards:
- Fixed machine guards are barriers that permit operators to reach the danger area and permanently enclose the hazard area.
- Adjustable machine guards are barriers that adjust and can be constructed to suit many situations. It may however require frequent maintenance.
- Interlocking machine guards shuts off power and prevents machine start-up when guard is open. It requires periodic maintenance.
- Self-adjusting machine guards moves according to the size of the stock entering point of operation and is commercially available but does not provide maximum protection.
Risk indicators in the workplace to look for include:
Here are a few examples of what can be done to stop amputations from happening. Employers should, for example, make sure that:
Safeguards need to be properly designed, constructed, installed, used and maintained to ensure that the workers are protected.
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