Working in a metal fabrication or machine shop poses certain risks due to the types of metalworking machinery and equipment used. Whether you operate a machine on a daily basis or simply oversee work being performed on the production floor, you need to take the proper precautions to avoid getting injured or causing injuries to others. To give you an idea of what types of potential injuries that occur, the following is a list of the more common ones within this market segment.
- Injuries to the Hands
Workers use their hands to perform a variety of functions on machinery and equipment. If workers are distracted, fail to wear the right PPE (personal protection equipment), or attempt to use the machines in a manners they were not intended, their hands could get injured.
Typical injuries can range from simple cuts and scrapes to crushed fingers and loss of fingers or the entire hand. To avoid injuring your hands, always pay attention to what you are doing. If you are tired or distracted, do not operate the machine. Only use the machine for what it was designed to do.
- Electrical Shocks/Burns
Burns can occur when working with metals, as some processes do heat it up to transform it. Shocks can occur when working with electricity, electric-arc welders, and so on. Take extra precautions and wear the right PPE.
If entering an area where someone is welding, do not distract them until they shut off the welding machine. Pay attention to any lock-out/tag-out hang tags on machinery.
- Bodily Injuries
Machinery and equipment can have lots of moving and rotating parts and components. There have been accidents where workers were pulled into machines because of the types of clothing they were wearing. Part of the clothing got caught on a moving part and pulled the worker into the machine.
Do not wear neckties, loose fitting jeans or pants, baggy or oversized t-shirts or hoodies, and certain types of necklaces, bracelets, and jewelry. Your clothing should fit correctly, and there should never be any part of it or any jewelry that can get tangled or caught on the moving parts of the machinery.
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
Workers can slip on wet floors, or trip on debris or tools left on the floor and fall down. Always keep your work area clean. If necessary, stop using a machine to allow time to pick up and help prevent an accident.
- Injuries to the Eyes
Certain processes will create small shavings that can be projected through the air and potentially into the eye. Always wear goggles to shield and protect the eyes, whether you are operating the machine or overseeing other workers.
By taking the proper precautions and wearing the right PPE, the risks for the occurrence of workplace accidents and injuries can be greatly reduced and prevented. For more safety tips or help choosing your next new machine or piece of equipment, like press brakes, please feel free to contact Quantum Machinery Group at (909) 476-8007 today!