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USING MACHINES SAFELY
V. Ryan 2017-2021
 
UNSAFE USE OF THE SHAPING MACHINE
 
Even if you have never seen a Shaping Machine, commonsense and general safety training, should enable you to identify UNSAFE use of this machine.
 

The machine operator thinks he can use any machine, without first listening to instructions given by the teacher. He often tries to use machines, when the teacher has turned his/her back or he/she is helping another pupil.

Always listen to the teacher, when you are given instructions about using machines !!!

1. This person (in the animation below), knows very little about Shaping Machines, but he has started to use it behind the teachers back.
2. He stands too close to the machine. He should be stood back a little.
3. He is not even wearing the correct footwear.
4. As the ‘cutter’ of the machine moves forwards, it cuts a small piece of the metal and throws it from the cutting area. The fast moving, sharp metal (called swarf) hits him in the face, missing his eyes by a very small distance. This situation could quite easily lead to a fatal accident or very serious injury.
5. His hands are extended towards the machine - they are too close to the moving parts.
6. The operator should only be using the machine, after his teacher has instructed him on its safe use and he has permission to use it.
7. He should be wearing an apron and goggles.
8. When shaping metal on this machine, guards are required.

You must always listen carefully to instructions given by the teacher and follow safety advice and training.

QUESTIONS:
1. Why is it important to follow instructions given by the teacher, regarding machines?
2. Write a list of safety factors that apply to any machine you have used.

 
 
 
 
 
 
SAFE USE OF THE SHAPING MACHINE
 
Even if you have never seen a Shaping Machine, commonsense and general safety training, should enable you to identify SAFE use of this machine.
 

The shaping machine shown below, is being operated by a properly qualified and safety conscious person.

1. He is dressed appropriately, with a work overall and goggles.
2. He has positioned guards, just in case ‘swarf’ (small, sharp pieces of metal), are thrown out in his direction, by the cutter.
3. He respects the dangers that this machine presents and acts according to his safety training and common sense.
4. His full attention is on the machine and he never leaves it or turns away from it.
5. He is ready to use the foot switch, if there is a need to stop the machine.
6. His arms and hands are by his sides, away from the moving parts of the machine.

 
 
 
 

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