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Document ID (ISN)106068
CIS number 07-205
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Samant Y., Parker D., Brosseau L., Pan W., Xi M., Haugan D.
Title Profile of machine safety in small metal fabrication businesses
Bibliographic information May 2006, Vol.49, No.5, p.352-359. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) Minnesota; safety devices; metalworking industry; small enterprises; machine tools
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; USA; survey; check lists; safety training in industry; workers' participation; mechanical hazards
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Metalworking industry
Safety devices
Workers' participation