Multiple Roles in Workplace Safety – People who design, manufacture, or install any machinery or equipment have a significant role to play in ensuring workplace safety.
Role of the Design Engineer
The best opportunity to create safe machinery or equipment is at the design stage. Design engineers should take every necessary measure to ensure that the equipment they design does not eventually become a hazard to people who manufacture, install, use, maintain, or repair it.
Equipment design must also meet the appropriate OSHA safety standards. Some of the key responsibilities of design engineers include ensuring that the equipment:
- Is ergonomically sound.
- Will not become a source of harm.
- Has easily accessible power controls
- Will be safe during the production of the machine and its operating life.
- Will be safe when it is disposed of or decommissioned.
Machine designers should also provide easy to understand and comprehensive instructions and information to the manufacturer regarding how to build the equipment so that it adheres to the design criteria.
Design engineers should also provide information about the correct way of installation, operation, adjustment, repair, and maintenance of the machinery. These directions should be logical to understand and not impossible to comprehend. The appropriate language should be used as well.
Role of the Manufacturer and Supplier of Equipment
The manufacturer and supplier of a machine or equipment should take all necessary steps to ensure it is built and tested with an aim to pose no hazard during its installation, operation, cleaning or repair, and at the time of dismantling.
The manufacture and the supplier have the responsibility to ensure design safety. For example, if they are unable to find components specified by the design engineers, they should find replacements that meet the same standards.
They also have the responsibility to build the machinery precisely according to the design specifications and test the machine for safety before shipping. When the machine is installed at the workplace, it should be fit and safe not just for any known or intended use, but also for any other reasonably expected use.
The manufacturer or the supplier should provide a detailed instruction manual that offers step by step explanation of how to use the equipment safely. The instructions should explain:
- How to install the machinery safely.
- What are the potential hazards associated with the machinery?
- How the machinery should be operated.
- What are the safe ways to adjust the machine?
- How to clean, repair, or maintain the machine.
- How and when to replace the machine parts that wear.
- How to safely put the machine out of service or dismantle it.
- Any other safety issues specific to the machine.
Role of the Machinery Installer
The installer of the machinery should carefully identify and evaluate all the potential hazards and determine the limits or other standards of the machine. They must install the machinery with the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
If the machine or equipment is installed in a way that defeats its purpose or undermines its safety mechanisms this can put the people that work in the vicinity at risk.
Beyond the Machine’s Scope
If the seller or the supplier of the machinery has agreed to install it, they should undertake all the necessary steps to arrange or install the machinery so that it remains safe for its intended purpose. If they don’t and someone is hurt, the manufacture of the equipment has a salient legal defense to make.
This would mean the business or public department that has been using the equipment would be solely at fault unless there is some operator error that is part of the picture.
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Machine Accident Lawyers in Sacramento
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento machine accident lawyer. Ensuring workplace safety is a priority to avoid serious injuries. Call me for a free consultation at 916-584-9355 if you or a loved one has been injured at work.
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