Machine Guarding in Action: Getting You Home Safely
At WireCrafters, our favorite thing to hear an employee say is, “See you tomorrow.” Because it reminds us that our commitment to safety is what makes it possible for them to say that every morning they come in, the expectation is that we will see them the next morning. This is why we care about safety in our facility and the facilities where we provide machine guarding.
Safety in the workplace is paramount, not just as a legal requirement but as a moral and ethical obligation to employees. Protecting the well-being of your workforce should be a top priority for any business. One effective way to accomplish this is through the use of high-quality machine-guarding solutions. In this blog, we’ll explore why safety matters, key safety metrics to aim for, and how machine guarding from companies like WireCrafters can play a pivotal role in achieving the ultimate goal – getting people home safely.
Why Safety Matters
Every employee deserves a safe working environment. Feeling secure makes them more likely to be motivated, engaged, and productive. Employee safety is not just a professional obligation but a moral one. The design we created for our RapidGuard® II machine guarding is meant to give your employees peace of mind and ensure them that they are well taken care of no matter what may happen with a machine they work around.
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Adhering to safety regulations and standards is crucial for avoiding legal trouble and creating a culture of responsibility and trust within the organization. Violating safety regulations can result in fines, lawsuits, and damage to a company’s reputation. Our machine guarding follows the strict standards set by ANSI, ISO, OSHA, and RIA standards.
Accidents and injuries can be expensive for a business in terms of medical costs, workers’ compensation claims, legal fees, and increased insurance premiums. Proactive safety measures like machine guarding can lead to significant cost savings. Accidents can always happen, but it’s essential to know that your business did everything it did to prevent them. Proper machine guarding is the protection you need for your people and your business.
Safety Metrics to Aim For
Like any goal you set for your business, it can be good to determine some helpful metrics. To gauge the effectiveness of your safety measures, it can be helpful to establish and track key safety metrics. Here are some crucial ones to aim for:
Recordable Incident Rate (RIR):
RIR measures the number of workplace incidents that result in injuries, illnesses, or fatalities per 100 full-time employees. Reducing the RIR is a clear indication of improved safety.
Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR):
LTIR focuses on the number of incidents that lead to time away from work, providing insight into the severity of accidents. Reducing LTIR demonstrates that fewer accidents are causing significant disruptions.
Encouraging employees to report near-misses is crucial for identifying potential hazards and preventing future accidents. This is especially helpful in identifying what machines need guarding.
While it might not be a traditional safety metric, a well-implemented machine guarding system can reduce downtime due to accidents and maintenance, ultimately saving money and increasing productivity.
It can be helpful to research your industry and set safety goals based on the standards set for businesses like yours. Ultimately, the goal is to have zero incidents, but it’s good to be realistic. Make sure that even if something goes wrong, your people are protected.
The Goal: Getting People Home Safely
The ultimate goal of any safety program is to ensure that every employee returns home safely at the end of their shift. Machine guarding plays a vital role in achieving this goal.
Machine guarding exists to provide a physical barrier, enclosure, and safety devices to protect employees from the hazards that can come with certain types of machinery. Here are some key points to consider regarding machine guarding:
Types of Machine Guarding
There are various types of machine guarding, including fixed guards, interlocked guards, and adjustable guards. Choosing the correct type of guarding depends on the specific machinery and the hazards involved.
Machine Guard Products
WireCrafters offers our RapidGuard® II, designed to fit various industrial applications and customizable to your specific needs. It is engineered to meet safety standards and provide robust protection for employees.
Training and Education
Proper training and education are essential for employees working with guarded machines. They should be aware of the potential hazards and how to use the guarding systems effectively.
Regular Inspections and Maintenance
Routine inspections and maintenance of machine guarding equipment ensure that it continues to function effectively over time. Damaged or malfunctioning guards have to be promptly repaired or replaced.
Safety is the First Priority
Safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility of any business that uses potentially hazardous machinery. It’s crucial for employee well-being, legal compliance, and cost savings. If you want your people to get home safely, businesses must implement effective safety measures, including machine guarding.
Companies like WireCrafters offer a range of machine guard products that can significantly contribute to creating a safer work environment that gives your employees confidence in you, their employer. By tracking key safety metrics and maintaining a commitment to safety, businesses can constantly improve their efforts, ensuring the well-being of their employees.
WireCrafters works hard to meet your safety, security, and storage needs. Contact us and get a quote today!