|Document ID (ISN)||106068|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Samant Y., Parker D., Brosseau L., Pan W., Xi M., Haugan D.
||Profile of machine safety in small metal fabrication businesses
||May 2006, Vol.49, No.5, p.352-359. Illus. 30 ref.
||This study evaluates the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the risk of amputation among workers in small metalworking businesses in the state of Minnesota. Forty businesses participated. Checklists were developed to quantify machine-guarding practices. Up to 25 randomly-selected machines were evaluated in each facility. Overall, only 55% of items addressing machine guarding were present. No single machine complied with all critical safety requirements. Shops with safety committees tended to have better scores than did shops without safety committees. Thirty-five percent of all businesses had established machine guarding procedures and 17% provided training in machine guarding to their employees. These findings indicate that machine guarding and related safety programmes in small metal fabrication businesses are inadequate. They also suggest that safety committees are an important component in improving machine safety and related programmes in small businesses.
||Minnesota; safety devices; metalworking industry; small enterprises; machine tools
||responsibilities of employers; USA; survey; check lists; safety training in industry; workers' participation; mechanical hazards
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Metal production and metalworking
|Broad subject area(s)
||Mechanical hazards, transport
Small and medium-sized enterprises