Machine Safeguarding installation is often a neglected among workplaces across the globe especially in Canada and the U.S. Not having proper machine safeguarding in your workplace can be a huge mistake which can lead to dangerous and even fatal workplace accidents!
In this short blog, I'll explain how machine safeguarding can not only be a great cost saver for your workplace in the long-term, but also necessary from a legal and safety standpoint.
How Does Machine Safeguarding Prevent Workplace Injuries?
Machine safeguarding is designed to prevent workers from coming into contact with dangerous areas and equipment. Dangers that machine safeguarding can protect against include moving machine parts, robotics, heavy equipment, falling debris, splatter, dangerous areas, and more.
Putting inplace a machine safeguarding barrier between your workers and these types of dangerous equipment is not only important but extremely necessary.
So, what happens when machine safeguarding isn’t properly deployed?
Not having properly deployed machine safeguarding can lead to certain types of injuries such as…
- Crushed limbs
- And Fatalities
One workplace injury can be a potential nightmare for any business so it’s always important to think ahead and protect your workers!
Types Of Machine Safeguarding
Types of machine safeguarding you may need in your workplace could possibly include…
- Adjustable guards - Can be manually changed to adjust for height or angles.
- Fixed guards - Remain permanently locked to the machinery.
- Interlocked guards - Can pause machine operations when moved.
- Self adjusted guards - automatically adjust on machine operated movement.
Machine safeguarding can be adapted based on your equipment needs to make safety a top priority.
Legal Requirements Of Machine Safeguarding
Machine safeguarding is a legal requirement in Canada and an OSHA safety requirement in the United States.
OSHA states that one or more methods of machine safeguarding must be used to protect operators and other employees from hazards, including those created by point of operation, nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.
Machine safeguarding is a legal requirement because it reduces the likelihood of accidents occuring as a result of mechanical failure, human error, electrical failure or poor design.
Reducing Liability Costs With Machine Safeguarding
A worker involved in a serious workplace accident can be a nightmare easily avoided with machine safeguarding.
Direct liability costs can include
- Workers compensation payments
- Medical expenses
- Legal fees and services
- And More.
Not only can a worker accident be a liability nightmare in terms of costs, but it’s also bad publicity and impacts your worker moral directly. So it’s very important to plan ahead!
Machine Safeguarding Improves Workplace Moral
Workplace safety is very important for worker moral and productivity.
Workers who feel safe around heavy and potentially dangerous equipment will be more productive and feel more confident in their working environment.
Not only does machine safeguarding make workers feel safe, but having less workplace accidents and fewer injuries means businesses are more likely to meet revenue goals and important quotas.
A study by Lockheed Martin found that safe and happy workforce can improve productivity by up to 24%!
Machine safeguarding is not only important but a necessary investment for your workplace.
The benefits far outweigh the downsides, and you’ll deal with less injuries, costly liabilities, improved workplace moral, and save money in the long-term.
Tri-Star Automation has years of experience in machine safeguarding and works with several facilities across the U.S and Canada. Tri-Star Automation helps companies in Steel, aerospace, chemical and fertilizer plants, and government enterprises to name a few.
If you’re looking to deploy machine safeguarding into your workplace contact Tri-Star Automation for more information.