The line between man and machine has always been a fine and blurry one, perhaps for much longer than you could have ever imagined. Although modern man relies on digital gadgets, gizmos, and technologies more than ever, and most people rely on machines — such as cars for example — in their everyday life, machine tool services have always played in an integral role in the lives of mankind. Did you know that the first machine tools were made by hand and date way back to 1200 B.C.? Furthermore, machine tool repair services date as far back as ancient Egypt, when skilled workers worked hard to maintain and repair their tools.
Fast forward to today, and advances in industrial machine parts have given way to a whole variety of new and exciting tools that make getting the job done that much easier. Examples include genie material lifts, sumner lifts, and various kinds of new welding techniques. Genie material lifts are an especially important part of modern life, whether you work in a machine shop or not. They are used to easily and safely lift extremely heavy loads, allowing goods to be moved and stored properly while making the job easier for workers.
But like any other kind of heavy equipment, genie material lifts require specialized instruction and training to be able to use properly and safely. Safety is critical in any kind of machine shop services environment. Not only does exercising proper safety ensure the well being of the employees working in the machine shop, but it also empowers them to do their job more effectively and efficiently.
Whether it’s genie lift material operation, using power tools, ore replacing a blown tire, here are just a few safety tips for machine shops.
Train employees properly
Every employee that works in a machine shop should be properly trained on safely using all the equipment in the shop, even if they don’t use it on regular basis. Whether it’s knowing how to perform a genie lift material operation safely or knowing how to properly cut material with a saw, each and every shop employee should have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the tools and parts necessary to maintain a high level of safety at all times. In addition, all employees should be up to date on industry safety protocols as well as shop terminology.
Personal protective equipment is a must
Personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, should always be provided by the employer and must meet the safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, every employee should know how to use PPE properly. Common examples of important PPE every machine shop should have include safety goggles that should be worn while operating machinery, gloves that should be worn while working with harsh chemicals, and respirators that should be worn at all times in the presence of harmful fumes.
Proper clothing must be worn at all times
The clothes that must be worn by machine shop employees may not be “fashionable” but they are designed to keep employees safe. Whether they’re performing a genie lift material operation or using drill, the proper clothing must be worn at all times. Loose fitting clothing should never be worn, as this presents a serious safety hazard. Loose clothes can easily be sucked into or caught in hazardous equipment, taking the employee along with it! In addition, open or soft toe shoes should never be worn.
Inspect machines before use
In addition to keeping equipment and product such as genie material lift in good working order at all times, employees should also inspect machines before using them. A machine that’s not working in good working order is potentially dangerous and could cause serious bodily harm to the person using it. It’s important to make sure the machine was properly shut down and that no wiring was or is exposed.
And last but not least, it’s important to never work alone in order to always have someone there to help.
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