What Is Machine Guarding?
Simply put, machine guarding is the installation of safety devices and physical barriers that protect anyone from injury caused by the moving parts of a machine. Machine guards are also used to protect against hazardous chemicals or flying debris.
Protecting against injuries is the primary goal of having the proper machine guarding safety measures and equipment. However, it’s also essential in keeping site construction projects up to date on regulations.
Companies and individuals may receive a citation or a fine if regulating authorities find that machines are guarded improperly, and workers are unprotected from injury.
Each machine on a site has its own function that comes along with both nonmechanical and mechanical hazards. The machine guard is the first line of defense against any malfunction or misuse. It can prevent common injuries like broken fingers, burns, and concussions.