In machine shop environments, there are three different categories that hazards can fall into mechanical hazards, health hazards, and other hazards.
Mechanical hazards involve moving machine parts and ways that a worker’s body could come in contact with those parts. The most common types of mechanical hazards found in machine shops include the following:
single rotating parts, like shafts or couplings, which have a risk of snagging or entanglement
two or more rotating parts working together, such as pulley drives, rollers, or exposed gears, create nip points and pinch points hazard
parts that slide or swivel, including sliding mills or robotic arms, create shearing or crushing hazards
parts that can rupture or fragment, such as in grinders, pose a risk of impact injuries.
In order to combat mechanical hazards, it is important to ensure the proper safeguards are in place such as barriers, two-hand controls, interlocks, proper training, and providing the correct personal protection equipment (PPE) to employees. Less
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