Work safety know-how: Respect thy machine

Workplace environments with industrial machinery can be hazardous. Given the highly-specified nature of the work that many factory employees do, it is of the utmost importance that all new hires receive detailed instructions regarding the use of the machines. If there's one thing that's equally important (or perhaps even more so), it's basic common sense regarding the treatment of any and all machinery.

To put it lightly, a factory setting is no place for horseplay. This should go without saying, but the fact remains that countless employees get injured every year due to carelessness in the workplace.

Maintaining one's conduct is just as important as following the instructions on a machine, which extends to asking for help when in doubt and flagging a machine properly should it malfunction. By using the proper lockout tagout procedures on a machine that may be out of order, you can help prevent the possibility of injury to a colleague.

Common sense also extends to the proper wear and maintenance of all work safety equipment. Safety glasses, work gloves, and hard hats should be worn at all times if required by company protocol.

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