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Mitigating pinch points at work

Pinch points are any point at which a Pennsylvania worker could be caught between two machines whether one or both are moving. It is also a point at which a worker can be caught between a machine and material. Examples of machines that can have pinch points include powered doors, powered rollers and plastic molding machinery. To keep workers safe, employers should inspect a machine to see if there any pinch points to be aware of.

Workers should be empowered to report pinch points to a supervisor immediately so that the situation can be rectified. Pinch points should either be guarded or eliminated completely when possible. If guards are in place, employees should be told not to move or do anything to them. Employee training should be conducted to warn them about the hazards that they could face by tampering with a guard.

An employee who gets hurt on the job could experience significant injuries that could include lacerations or broken bones. Employers can take steps such as employer training courses, placing guards near equipment that could be dangerous or both. The type of safety plan an employer implements will ideally be one that is tailored to the exact needs of the company and the dangers its employees face.

While focusing on how to reduce workplace injuries may cut down on the number of accidents that occur, it may not completely prevent them. An employee who is injured at work may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits such as having medical bills paid. An attorney can often be of assistance with the preparation and timely submission of the required claim documentation.

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