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Preventing Machine Accidents

Only use machines that you know how to operate. Never attempt to operate an unfamiliar machine without reading the machine instructions or receiving directions from a qualified employee. In addition, follow these guidelines to ensure machine safety:

  • Secure machines that tend to move during operation.
  • Do not place machines near the edge of a table or desk.
  • Ensure that machines with moving parts are guarded to prevent accidents. Do not remove these guards.
  • Unplug defective machines and have them repaired immediately.
  • Do not use any machine that smokes, sparks, shocks, or appears defective in any way.
  • Close hand-operated paper cutters after each use and activate the guard.
  • Take care when working with copy machines. If you have to open the machine for maintenance, repair, or troubleshooting, remember that some parts may be hot. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for troubleshooting.
  • Unplug paper shredders before conducting maintenance, repair, or troubleshooting.

Some items can be very dangerous when worn around machinery with moving parts. Avoid wearing the following items around machines within unguarded moving parts:

  • Loose belts
  • Jewelry
  • Long, loose hair
  • Long, loose sleeves or pants
  • Scarves
  • Ties

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014