Manufacturing Industry

Machinery health and safety is the main leverage that can reduce the number of deaths and injuries in a workplace. A critical machine left idle can cause injuries in many ways. Also, an idle machine is not productive and leads to lost productivity.

Therefore, employers should pay extra attention to how their workers use machinery and have adequate maintenance arrangements in place to ensure the safe and effective use of machinery.

With this checklist, get notified when your machines are left idle and unattended for more than a designated time so you can work towards improving the efficiency of your machines and making the work environment safe.

When a machine is idling, not only is it not working for the production, but it also costs you money. Therefore, an idle machine is a waste of energy and resources.
With this task, get notified if the machine is idle for more than the designated time.
1. Introduction
Leaving a critical machine idle, especially if it’s still moving, can result in many safety threats such as technical malfunctioning or causing physical harm to an employee. It is also not suitable for the production process and increases the cost of production. Hence, employees and particularly the machine operator should undertake strict precautions to monitor the machines.
2. Process
Identifying the machine-related hazards is essential. The employees in charge of operating the heavy-duty machines should exercise utmost precautions and never leave the machine idle, especially if it’s a running machine. They should also keep in mind that some machines can still be running even if they are switched off. Not keeping a close watch on the machines can allow trespassers or unauthorized personnel to tamper with the idle machines, which is likely to result in technical malfunctioning of the machines and cause injuries to the individual.
Running machines are fraught with many dangers as they can collide or topple over other devices, resulting in fires. In such circumstances, it can even result in complete loss of the facility while also bringing bodily harm to the employees. Additionally, if a fire occurs and goes undetected for too long, the fire can spread to other neighboring equipment or even to the building’s structure.

3. Dos

  • If you see a machine that is not functioning (is idle), then immediately alert the authorities.
  • All prohibitive signage should be clear and well-positioned.
  • Ensure that the machines are switched off properly once you are done working on them.

4. Don’ts

  • Do not leave the machines unattended under any circumstances unless someone is standing guard.
  • Do not allow machine access to unauthorized individuals.
  • Do not leave the machines running during the breaks.

Critical machine stations at manufacturing units should not be left unattended for more than the designated period. In case the stations are left unwatched, there is always a risk of potential workplace accidents.
1. Introduction
If a machine station is left unattended, it can pave the way for a host of different hazards like potential fires and intrusion. In addition, some unauthorized person could also tamper with the machines, which could cause them bodily harm and damage the machines. Hence, it is essential to take precautionary measures where authorized personnel should always be present around the machines.
2. Process
It’s a given that qualified people should be the only ones to access critical and heavy-duty machines. For an unauthorized person to access such machinery would bring great dangers, such as possibly sustaining an injury by getting stuck and experiencing abrasions and bruises. Such incidences are possible, especially if the parts are still moving, and in some instances, parts might still move even if the machine has been switched off. Furthermore, tampering with the machines, such as touching them or allowing objects to fall into the moving parts, could also result in significant damage to them, which might impact various production levels. Then there are other risks such as fire hazards that might lead to severe injuries while also destroying other machines and equipment.

3. Dos

  • If you see an intruder or unauthorized person tampering with the machines, immediately alert the authorities.
  • All prohibitive signage should be clear and well-positioned.

4. Don’ts

  • Do not leave the machines unattended under any circumstances unless someone is standing guard.
  • Do not allow machine access to unauthorized individuals.