Forklift Operator Certification Series
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Machinery: its power enables us to do more and heavier work than we could ever hope to do on our own, but there's a price to pay for all of this added productivity. Roughly 15,000 machine-related accidents happen every year. They not only cause severe injuries, such as amputations, lacerations, crushing and abrasions, they result in hundreds of fatilities as well. Yet most of these incidents could have been prevented by machine guards and other safety devices.
Machine guards are designed to keep employees clear of mechanical danger zones and protect them from hazards like flying sparks, particles, and "kickbacks." This program explains how machine guards and safety devices work as well as safe work practices employees can follow to work safely with powered equipment.