If an employee can get his/her hands into the operation of a machine—where the actual cutting, shaping, boring, or forming of material takes place—that machine isn’t guarded well enough.
Hundreds of people are injured or killed each year working around powered machinery. The types of injuries range from cuts and lacerations to crushed hands and arms, severed fingers, and even blindness.
State Fund has created a machine safety video to explain the steps you and your workers can take to make things as safe as possible in your shop. You can watch it below.
As the video points out, there is no grandfather law in place for machine guarding in California. Aside from having to retrofit older machinery, equipment purchased from outside the state must have proper guarding installed.