Plant workers in Florida and throughout the country can face many dangers from portable tools, shears and other equipment. For instance, they could get their hands or clothes caught in moving parts, which could result in losing fingers or experiencing other injuries. They could also be hurt by sparks, nip points or other hazards associated with using a machine. Therefore, employers are required by OSHA to use at least one machine guard.
Furthermore, some items that are less than 7 feet from a floor or working platform will also need to be guarded. Machine guards could include physical barriers or electronic safety devices. While guards are required by OSHA rules, this doesn't mean that they are always used or used properly. Many fans don't have guards or are otherwise not compliant with current OSHA rules and regulations. It is also worth noting that guarding a machine doesn't necessarily prevent an injury from happening.
The machines themselves can have features that make them easier to use safely. Red emergency buttons can make it easy for employees to know how to shut them off if something goes wrong. Machines should also be cleaned to ensure that they run efficiently and safely. Finally, employers should be sure to maintain and inspect any equipment that employees use on a regular basis.
If a worker is injured on the job, it could result in negative consequences for both the worker and his or her employer. The employer may have to pay fines levied by OSHA. Workers may need several weeks or months of physical therapy or other medical assistance to recover from their injuries, and they might want to have the help of an attorney when filing a workers' compensation claim.