“Failing to install proper guarding before using moving machinery is simply unacceptable and can have horrific consequences. No worker should be left permanently impaired or maimed because an employer fails to address serious health and safety risks. The dangers of exposing workers to entrapment or crush injuries when working with moving machinery are well known and WorkSafe will not hesitate to prosecute employers who ignore them,” said Julie Nielsen, WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety.
To prevent entrapment, employers should fit gates or guards to machinery to prevent access to in-running nip points and other moving parts. When required, employers should also fit interlock devices to prevent machines from starting if an access point is open, or to stop them if an access point is opened while running.
Staff should also receive training in the safe operation of machines and equipment, with written procedures provided in the worker’s first language. Signs should be placed on or near a machine to alert employees to the dangers of operating it. Employers should also consider whether hair, clothing, gloves, neckties, jewellery, cleaning brushes or other materials can become entangled in the machine. Machines should also be regularly serviced and inspected.
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