The Ministry of Labour will be doing a Safety Blitz. Inspectors will focus on the safe operation of machinery and proper lock out.
Workers can be exposed to a number of hazards when machines are not properly guarded or locked out during maintenance, repair and other activities in industrial sector workplaces. These hazards can result in serious injuries such as amputation of limbs or death.
Hazards can include:
- pinch points of unguarded machinery
- moving parts if machinery is not properly locked out and blocked during mechanical repair and maintenance
- electrical contact if machinery is not de-energized and locked out during electrical repair maintenance and set up