Place guards around machines for employee safety

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a Houston employer for failing to protect workers from moving machinery in the work environment. According to OSHA, the Houston company manufactures goods for the oil and gas industry, and many of its approximately 280 employees work around life-threatening hazards.

The company came under scrutiny in September 2013 after the arm of a machine operator was crushed in equipment.

Keeping workers safe and secure around heavy equipment is essential, as a machine may be a significant hazard to operators when it is in motion. OSHA recommends placing guards around machines to provide a barrier between workers and moving equipment.

According to OSHA, there are four types of barriers – fixed, interlocked, adjustable and self-adjusting – and while each of them have their own advantages and limitations, choosing the correct guard on equipment may prevent an accident from occurring, as well as subsequent OSHA violations.

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