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Protect your workers from these four mechanical emergencies or face the wrath of the DoL

by , 05 September 2014
The machines your employees work with everyday can be very dangerous. Your employees face constant risk of having fatal accidents because of them.

Those machines could even cause terrible emergency situations. These are the worst of the worst when it comes to injuries and fatalities.

That's why you must protect your employees from these four mechanical emergencies or the DoL may send you to jail...


Four mechanical emergencies you MUST protect your employees from

#1: Mechanical expositions: If a piece of machinery explodes, it's sure to kill anyone near it or working with it. This could also destroy a large part of your workplace.
Explosions like this happen when the machinery is too old or damaged to work properly anymore. If your machines are in this condition, your employees mustn't use them.
#2: Mechanical crushing accidents: If one of your employees gets caught in a machine and it pulls part of him in and crushes his body, it's an emergency. You have to act quickly or he may die.
To avoid this, put up protective barriers to prevent your employees from catching any clothing or body part on the machine.
#3: Mechanical fires: If one of your machines tend to overheat or give off sparks, it could start a fire. This puts you, your business AND your employees in danger. 
Machines that do this are too dangerous to use so ensure your employees don't use them.
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 
#4: Mechanical exhaust poisoning: If you have a machine that give off fumes, such as carbon-monoxide, and your employees work with it in an enclosed space, it could kill them. You must ensure any machinery like this is in a well ventilated space. 
It's your job to protect your employees from any of these mechanical emergencies or the DoL will come after you.

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