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September 07, 2023 Safety News

Keeping Manufacturing Workers Safe with Machine Guarding

In the bustling world of construction and manufacturing, where moving parts and powerful machinery create the backbone of productivity, safety must always be the top priority. The undeniable truth is that moving machine parts wield the potential to cause not just workplace injuries, but life-altering catastrophes. Crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, and even the loss of sight are haunting possibilities when the proper precautions are not taken. The solution? Enter machine guarding.

This article will explore why protecting workers in the construction and manufacturing industries through machine guarding is so imperative. Not only does machine guarding keep employees safe, but it keeps costs in check, boosts morale, and amplifies efficiency! 

In the last few years, machine guarding has been rated as one of the top 10 most frequently cited standards by OSHA.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide a safe work environment for their employees. This responsibility includes ensuring safe and healthy working conditions and enforcing safety standards.

Machine guarding isn't solely about checking boxes on a compliance list; it's a gateway to a safer, more efficient workplace. Consider the undeniable benefits that reverberate throughout your organization.

Beyond Compliance: the true value of machine guarding

1. Reducing workplace injuries: shielding your greatest asset

Your workers are your greatest asset, and their safety is paramount. Installing machine guards is more than just preventing accidents; it's a profound statement that their well-being is valued. When your team feels secure, morale skyrockets, cultivating a positive atmosphere that radiates through the quality of your work.

2. Keeping costs in check: from premiums to fines

A safe workplace translates to financial stability. With fewer injuries, insurance premiums take a dip, directly impacting your bottom line. But the savings don't stop there. Reduced injuries mean fewer employees visiting emergency rooms or doctors, saving both time and money. Moreover, a well-guarded environment ensures your company steers clear of OSHA fines, safeguarding your financial stability and reputation.

3. Boosting morale: empowerment through safety

When workers step onto a work site or production area fortified with machine guards, it's a tangible reminder that their employer values their safety above all else. This empowerment fuels a surge in morale that ripples through the workforce. Imagine the productivity born from a team that feels secure, motivated, and united by a shared commitment to safety.

4. Amplifying efficiency: streamlined clean-up

Industrial settings often come with their fair share of debris – sparks, dust, and fragments that can accumulate rapidly. Machine guarding not only confines these elements, protecting your workforce, but it also streamlines clean-up operations. With waste contained within enclosures, cleaning becomes faster, more efficient, and cost-effective in the long run.

In the dynamic landscape of construction and manufacturing, embracing machine guarding is not just a legal obligation; it's a strategic move towards a thriving, secure, and prosperous future. By prioritizing safety, you're not just safeguarding your workers – you're fortifying your entire enterprise. With reduced injuries, enhanced morale, controlled costs, and a reputation that shines, the investment in machine guarding is an investment in your success.

As the gears of the industry continue to turn, let machine guarding be the unwavering armor that shields your workers from harm, propels your efficiency to new heights, and elevates your company above the rest. Your workforce deserves nothing less, and your future demands nothing short of excellence.

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Workers' Comp for Manufacturing Companies

Lester Poole, OHST, CHSP
Written by

Lester Poole, OHST, CHSP

Senior Loss Prevention Consultant

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