It’s up to you to keep yourself and others safe on the job. When you operate machinery at your worksite, it’s important to take all possible safety precautions.
Four key safety practices for operating machines
Aside from being trained and/or licensed to use specific machines, you can follow these four tips to help maintain a safe workplace:
- Don’t use machinery for anything other than its dedicated purpose. Never use machinery for tasks it was not meant to perform. By doing so, you can damage the machine by pushing it beyond its designated limits. Using machinery improperly can also put you and other workers in danger.
- Never use a machine that is broken or not working properly. You can determine this by regularly inspecting machinery, especially before you use it. If a machine is broken, needs a tune up or simply isn’t working properly, let your supervisor know right away. They can see to maintenance and repairs.
- Always wear safety gear and maintain machine safety features. All machines come equipped with features designed to keep the user safe. These include guards, shields, kill switches, control bars and roll bars. When inspecting a machine, always make sure these safety features are in place and in good condition. This extends to you as the user—never skimp on safety gear related to your job, such as a helmet, gloves, no-skid shoes or boots, goggles and other protective items and clothing.
- Only operate a machine when you’re alert. Safe machine operation depends on your ability to focus on the task at hand. When you’re sleepy or under the weather, your concentration is not at its best—and this can slow your reaction time or cause you to make mistakes you wouldn’t normally make. When you’re overly tired, let your supervisor know so they can assign you an alternate task for the day. And if you’re not feeling well, take a day at home to rest.
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