As the safety manager what do you recognize as the safety hazard and what

As the safety manager what do you recognize as the

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that no one else can operate it. As the safety manager, what do you recognize as the safety hazard, and what methods are needed to remedy this hazard? Removing or disabling safety guards on any equipment may seem like it isn’t a big deal to get the job done. Safety guards are in place for a reason and removing them can lead to injury or loss of life. Removing a guard from any piece of equipment is not only a hazard, but the employee doesn’t realize that the saw can do to you and your body parts just what it is doing to the lumber that they are cutting. Some of the common injuries due to removing guards are lacerations, severed fingers, or amputation of limbs. Such is the case of the shop foreman removing the saw guard to complete a task to reach a deadline. No production gain is worth the cost of an injury or even death. As a Safety Director, it is my reasonability to ensure the safety of all employees and to provide a workplace that is free of all potential hazards. Upon inspection of the radial saw, I have found a hazard. The guard has been removed in order to cut some lumber to make the process quicker which was stated by the shop foreman. My immediate action is to stop the work in order to prevent anyone from getting injured until the hazard has been addressed and removed. The shop foreman’s competency comes into question as to why he would allow any employee to use such hazardous work practices. The willful negligence can be very costly, not just for the employer, but for the shop manager as well. I would explain to the shop foreman that controls such as the guards on the radial saw are put in place to eliminate an exposure to a potential hazard when operating the saw. My goal with the shop foreman is to make sure that he or she understands the risk factor of removing the guard from the saw and how to
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prevent that hazard from happening in the future. I would recommend refresher training for the shop
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