Occupational Safety is one of the primary concerns of any manufacturing enterprise especially if it involves operational activities with heavy machinery. All manufacturing concerns make it a point to develop a safe working environment. The government also plays a role in protecting the welfare of the laborers. Labour welfare councils governed by the Inspector of Factories (IF) make regular inspections to ensure labor safety and if the industries are strictly adhering to the workplace norms as laid by the regulatory bodies.
Apart from the fact that the employer has to stick to the norms, employees and laborers who are actually involved in the process should also remember and follow few things to take care of their safety and that of their co-workers. So here are few things that heavy machinery operators have to remember.
Tips to remember:
Know how to operate:
Before you get to operate a machine, make sure that you have undergone proper training and that you do not need guidance or assistance. Know how the machine operates and then get to work. This will not only help you work faster but will also prevent a lot of accidents and mishaps.
Be aware of the surroundings:
Have an eye at the back of your head. Make sure that people aren’t around as an obstacle when you work. Keep your workspace clean and free from disturbances. Do not involve in any conversation when the machine requires your utmost attention. Unnecessary conversation during working hours can even lead to major accidents
Proper Protective Measures:
Before you start working make sure that you have taken all the appropriate safety measures. Make sure that you are in your workplace uniform, wear your goggles and mask if required. Helmets, shields, and gloves also form a part safety gear. Ensure your safety before you operate the machine.
Every technician will have his set of tools that will help him work effectively and complete his task at the earliest. But sometimes workers have a poor habit of substituting tools for one another, which is not advisable. So set up a proper gear and carry it regularly when to set to work.
Check the machine:
Every day before you put the machine to use, make sure that it is in proper working condition. Most heavy duty machines work on a complex process as the parts are interrelated and are dependent on each other. This means if one part function out of place the machine falls apart. So go for a trial run. A statistics that was taken in the year 2015 states that 41% of the workplace accidents occur due to improper functioning of the machine, and poor maintenance.
Every workplace has a set of procedures that ought to be followed in case of emergency. Make sure you know these procedures by heart so that you can act without hesitation in case of an emergency.