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THE POLISHING MACHINE - SAFETY
V. Ryan 2003 - 2021
 
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VIDEO - THE POLISHING MACHINE / BUFFER
 
This polishing machine is being used in an unsafe manner. Identify all the areas that show DANGEROUS use of the machine. One area has been identified for you.
 
 
 
 
1. The machine operator is wearing a hat. It should be removed when working in a workshop. Also, the hat is partially covering his eyes, preventing a clear view of the work area.
2. An oil can has been placed on the top of the machine and it is likely to fall at any time. The machine should never have any item placed on it.
3. The machine operator has his bag on his back. All bags should be stored away from the work area. The bag on his back will affect the way he uses the machine.
4. The guard has been removed. The machine is now extremely dangerous. The machine operators hands / fingers could be caught in the machine. Debris from the rotating mops, is likely to fly out of the machine and hit him in the face and eyes.
5. He is not wearing an apron or overall. His loose clothing is likely to be caught in the rotating mops, pulling him into the machine.
6. The machine operator is wearing sandals. These are totally unsuitable for a workshop, as they offer no protection for the feet.
7. Bags have been left out on the floor, close to the machine operator. He could easily trip over them, causing an accident.
8. Empty drinks cans are rolling across the floor. They are a trip danger.
9. This machine has no foot switch. The machine should be shut down immediately. In the event of a emergency, the foot switch is essential.
10. The machine operator is using the upper half of the mop. This is dangerous, as the rotating mop is likely to catch the top edge of the material, sending it flying at high speed, in his direction.
11. The operator is not wearing eye protection. He is in serious danger of losing his eyesight !
 
 
 
This polishing machine is being used safely. Identify all the areas that show SAFE use of the machine. One area has been identified for you.
 
 
 
 
1. Always wear goggles - small pieces of mop and polish will fly out of the machine whilst it is being used. Goggles will prevent injury to eyes.
2. Always wear an apron or overall. Both hold back loose clothing. For example, a tie could easily be caught by the rotating mop, pulling the machine operator into the polisher. This would result in a serious accident.
3. Always apply the material to the lower portion of the mop, never the top.
4. Never allow the top edge of the work, to be caught by the mop.
5. Always be ready to use the foot stop (emergency stop button). Have your foot ready to press it, if necessary.
6. Although the buffing / polishing machine has two mops that rotate at the same time, the machine can only be operated by one person.
7. Read the general safety notes regarding safety in the workshop and follow these when using equipment and tools.
8. Ensure the guards are set up in the correct position and that they are clean and in working order.
 
 

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