Safety Training Tips: Preventing Amputations

August 24, 2015 by  
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Machinery Hazard Training

Here’s what workers need to know before they begin working with any piece of dangerous machinery:

Make sure that the machine is operating properly before you begin work:

  • Inspect equipment before use to be sure it’s in good working order.
  • Check that all scheduled maintenance has been performed.Keep the machine lubricated and clean, or alert the proper person when it’s time for those tasks.

Operate machines correctly and safely:

  • Follow instructions provided by training and the manufacturer’s manual.
  • Never skip steps.
  • Make sure you have enough lighting to see controls clearly.
  • Keep your hands and other body parts away from moving machine parts.
  • Use tools, not your hands, to feed materials into (and remove materials from) machines.
  • Don’t try to operate machinery when under the influence of alcohol or drugs—or prescribed medications.
  • Wear assigned personal protective equipment (e.g., safety glasses, hearing protection).
  • Avoid clothing, long hair, or jewelry that could get caught in the machine.
  • Give the job your full attention, no matter how often you’ve done it.
  • Know how to turn off the equipment safely if there’s a problem.
  • Turn off and report any machine that moves, makes unusual noises, or is not functioning properly.

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