Many machines are guarded for very good reason. For example the average piece of machinery in a factory or on a production line of some kind will have several pieces of working machinery involved to make it work properly.
Someone will be monitoring or using the line on a regular basis and the guarding will prevent them from being injured or getting their hands too close to the working parts of the machine while it is in use.
Missing guarding on machinery could potentially lead to injuries occurring. In these instances crush injuries could be a potential danger, with fingers and hands being the most likely parts of the body to get drawn in quickly and suffer injuries as a result.
How can things like this happen?
It is the duty of the people in charge of the business to make sure no such incidents have the potential to occur. For example they must make sure no one can be injured because of missing guarding on machinery. All such guarding must be regularly checked and be in good condition and not be in any danger of being removed or falling off.
There may be instances where the guarding needs to be taken off, perhaps for repairs or maintenance to take place for example. However in these circumstances the process should be planned in the proper manner and it should be undertaken while the machinery is switched off and unable to be accidentally switched back on again.
A duty of care
Anyone in charge of machinery or a business that operates machinery has a duty of care to ensure anyone and everyone nearby or using the machinery remains safe at all times. Missing guarding can potentially lead to some nasty injuries in some situations.
People have lost fingers and even limbs as a result of such neglect, and this can change their lives in more ways than one.
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Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen