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Machine Shop Safety

Employee exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines is prevalent in many workplaces. Consequently, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions; and over 800 deaths per year. Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational workplace and often results in permanent disability.

This program area describes the procedures for ensuring that all machines are safe and ready for operation; and provides guidance for the operator and machine shop supervisor to maintain the machine shop in a safe condition.