Accidents happen. It’s just a fact of life. However, there are many steps you can take to create a safer workplace environment. Cutting power, blocking off the area, and wearing proper safety gear are just a few of the things that can protect you and your employees from any potentially dangerous equipment.

Cut Power

The first step is to cut off power to the machine. There are various lockout/tagout devices that prevent the machine from being energized after it is shut off. A lockout/tagout protects employees from unexpected energization, startup, or release of energy during maintenance. Through the use of the lockout/tagout devices, a machine can’t cause any harm to the user and keeps a workplace safe. Employees can be seriously injured without the use of a lockout/tagout device.

Block Off the Area

One of the easiest ways to prevent an injury around faulty equipment is to block off the area so other employees know it shouldn’t be used. If a faulty machine isn’t properly blocked off or marked then employees would have no idea that it could be a potential hazard. With adequate signage, an employer can nearly guarantee that a faulty machine won’t be used. This makes it so there aren’t any accidents with that machine. Through the use of signs or cautionary tape, a machine would be taken out of commission and prevent any harm. In addition to blocking off the area, it’s important to talk to those who may still try to use the machine. Make sure that all employees know the dangers of a faulty machine.

Wear Proper Safety Gear

On the off chance that you have to interact with a faulty machine, wearing proper safety gear will help you protect yourself and the others working with you. A faulty machine can cause a multitude of unexpected accidents.Wearing the safety gear can lower the chance of being seriously or fatally injured. It’s important to cover as much skin as possible with jackets, pants, boots, gloves, helmets, and eye protection. Many employers would much rather have damaged safety gear than injured employees. Use as much protective equipment as possible for best results.

No employer wants their employees to be in danger. There are many ways to prevent any accidents in addition to cutting power, blocking off the area, and wearing safety gear, but these are a great start to creating a safer workplace.

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