UH Manufacturing Loss Control Campaign: Machines and Electricity Present Injury Threat to Workers
Manufacturing employees face a variety of risks in their daily work environment. Machines and their moving elements can cause injuries, such as amputations, burns, blindness or crushed body parts. Working with electricity can bring the risk of shocks, electrocution, fires and explosions.
Unfortunately, not everyone takes proper precautions when working with these materials. In fact, half of the top 10 list of standards cited by Federal OSHA for violations between October 2013 and September 2014 were related to machine guarding, lockout/tagout or electrical safety resulting in more than $10.7 million in penalties. The areas cited included:
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) – 1,284 citations (Ranked No. 2)
- General requirements for all machines – 1,228 citations (No. 3)
- Wiring methods, components and equipment for general use – 736 citations (No. 6)
- Abrasive wheel machinery – 473 citations (No. 8)
- Mechanical power-transmission apparatus – 456 citations (No. 9)
This is why it’s so important for manufacturers and their employees to employ proper safeguarding practices, follow lockout/tagout procedures and take extra care when working with electrical sources. United Heartland is committed to helping our manufacturing customers keep their employees safe on the job through dedicated, expert loss control service and quality safety resources.
This second phase of United Heartland’s Manufacturing Loss Control Campaign looks at the importance of machine safeguarding, explains the process and benefits of lockout/tagout procedures and provides an outline for an electrical safety program. We encourage you to visit our Machine Safeguarding, Lockout/Tagout and Electrical Safety page often and share it with others in your organization to review the downloadable resources we’ve provided, including links to additional OSHA materials on this topic.
United Heartland is committed to helping our manufacturing customers keep their employees safe on the job through dedicated, expert loss control service and our extensive resources. If you know of others involved in manufacturing who may be interested in our machine safeguarding, lockout/tagout and electrical safety information with their customers, please consider forwarding this email to them or encourage them to subscribe to our free Risk Connection e-blasts here.