Workers that are charged with working in or around machinery on the job need to ensure they are following safety standards at all times. Too often workers try to take shortcuts to get their job done, especially when they become complacent about safety. Machines with moving parts can pose a serious risk for injury and even death if they are not handled safely and within regulations.
A piece of machinery as simple as a rolling conveyor belt has the potential to cause a worker to lose fingers, arms, or legs if they should become entangled in the equipment. There should be proper training provided by employers for each employee on the job so that safe operation of all machines is a priority.
Even with proper training on the job, some workers will get complacent when on the job for some time. They will try to take shortcuts to get their jobs done faster and in the process end up with injuries. If you work around machines, no matter how familiar you are with them, it is vital you follow protocol. In some cases what you wear can put you at risk of injury. Long shirts, loose clothing, or jewelry can easily get sucked into a machine. It can happen in an instant and prove deadly.
In the event you are working around a piece of machinery and there are no safeguards in place to protect you, it is important to notify management about the situation. If safeguards are broken or missing, you do not have to work in an unsafe environment until the proper repairs have been made.
If you have been injured on the job due to unguarded machinery, you need to protect your rights as an injured worker. Contact our legal team by calling 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form for a free consultation. We can help ensure you receive the proper medical benefits and care through workers compensation.