NSSGA, MSHA Alliance release machinery safety alert

By |  February 10, 2016

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), in collaboration with the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), released a safety alert on machinery use. According to NSSGA, machinery injuries were the fourth most common type of injury to occur in the aggregates industry in 2014.

NSSGA and MSHA Alliance recommends following these best practices to eliminate machine injuries:

  • Ensure that machinery is powered off and secured against hazardous motion before performing repairs or maintenance. Consider all energy hazards including electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  • When locking and tagging out equipment, use individual locks and tags and ensure miners have the keys to their locks. Personnel should not remove locks that aren’t their own.
  • Inspect machinery prior to use. Tag and remove machinery from service that requires repairs.

Since October 2015, the two organizations have produced several safety alerts, including avoiding slips, trips and falls, and material handling.

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