Machine Guarding

General machine guarding and equipment-specific requirements for power presses, abrasive wheels, forging machines, woodworking, mills and calenders. Our editors have “cherry picked” the best resources – to access them, click here.

OSHA’s severe injury reporting requirement, now in its second year, continues to show a disturbing trend of seven reported amputations a day at U.S. workplaces. The positive news is that the reports are leading to inspections, citations, and agreements with employers to make changes that will protect many more workers from injury.

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Youngstown steel mill workers were exposed to crushing, amputation, and fall hazards. Proposed OSHA penalties total $94,000.

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Warn workers about the dangers of operating machinery with long or facial hair.

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OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on facilities with a higher than average illness and injury rate, fines manufacturing co. $106,000.

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A 32-year-old worker entered a wire mesh manufacturing machine to retrieve a fallen metal bar, he was struck and killed. OSHA proposes $697,700 fine.

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OSHA’s national emphasis program on amputations and noise found 21 serious violations at a Salem lumber company, including LOTO and seat belt hazards.

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Arlington Plating Co. has been cited for 25 violations that area director says, “demonstrates a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

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Over half of this manufacturing company’s workers are temporary; the hazards there both repeat and threaten permanent injury. OSHA has fined them $207,100.

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Concrete co. fined $303,900 after a temporary worker was crushed while trying to clear a pneumatically powered discharge gate, which had not been isolated.

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The citations are the result of a complaint inspection in June that found a lack of both energy control procedures and fall protection at the facility.

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