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How employers can prevent machine entanglement

On Behalf of | May 4, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Machine entanglement poses serious risks in various industries, from manufacturing to agriculture. These accidents occur when a worker gets caught within a machine and is unable to free themselves.

Entanglement injuries are often serious and may even be life-threatening. Accordingly, employers must take the proper steps to avoid them at all costs.

Clear communication and training

Proper training is paramount for all workers who operate machinery. Regular training sessions should cover safe machine operation, emergency procedures and the importance of staying vigilant to prevent entanglement. Clear communication of safety protocols ensures that everyone understands the potential risks and knows how to mitigate them.

Utilize machine guards

Installing machine guards is an effective way to prevent access to moving parts that could cause entanglement. These guards act as physical barriers, keeping operators and other workers safe from contact with hazardous components. Regular maintenance of machine guards is necessary to ensure they remain functional.

Wear appropriate clothing

Loose clothing, jewelry and accessories can easily get caught in machinery. As a result, employers must encourage workers to wear properly fitted attire that poses little to no risks. Additionally, workers must secure their hair and roll up long sleeves to minimize hazards.

Implement Lockout/tagout procedures

Lockout/tagout procedures are important for servicing machinery. Before performing any maintenance or repairs, workers should isolate energy sources to prevent unintentional activation of machinery. Lockout/tagout devices prevent accidental machine startup, reducing the risk of entanglement injuries.

Regular equipment inspection

Conducting routine inspections of machinery helps identify any malfunctioning components. Any signs of wear and tear, loose parts or abnormalities should be addressed promptly to prevent accidents. Scheduled maintenance not only ensures optimal machine performance but also enhances workplace safety.

Provide adequate lighting and visibility

Adequate lighting in work areas allows operators to see machinery clearly and identify potential hazards. Additionally, marking off restricted zones and using warning signs can further enhance visibility and prevent unauthorized access to dangerous areas.

Overall, employers should work hard to promote a culture of safety within their workplaces. Doing so can prevent serious entanglement injuries from occurring, thereby keeping workplace personnel safe.