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  Injury Hotspots These are the most common injuries and hazards for people working in metal manufacturing, as shown by injury claims. Metal Manufacturing See over the page for some safety solutions. Edition No. 1.1 June 2008 5% 8% 7%5% 20% 8% 20% 4%6%6% Shoulder Traumatic joint/muscle injury or strain from lifting heavy materials, handling tools or pushing/pulling materials  Abdominal region Hernia from heavy lifting or pushing Knee Muscle stress/strain or traumatic joint/muscle injury from tripping over objects on the floor, kneeling or slipping over Ear Hearing loss from exposure to noisy machinery  Arm  Muscle stress/strain from general duties, including repetitive work  Leg Open wounds and lacerations from being caught in machinery or cut by sharp objects. Traumatic joint/muscle injury from tripping over objects. Fractures from falling off ladder or tripping on uneven ground Back  Muscle stress/strain from bending over or lifting heavy materials Hand and fingers Open wounds, lacerations or amputations from being cut by tools, machinery or metal, or from being caught/crushed by machinery Foot and toes Fractures or open wounds from equipment or materials falling on feet Forearm/wrist Traumatic joint/muscle injury or strain from repetitive work or lifting heavy materials. Open wounds from being cut by sharp objects or tools  Safety solutions WorkSafe expects employers to have safety solutions in place to protect workers from injury and illness. Below are some common solutions known to reduce the risk of injury and illness; employers should work together with their employees and health and safety representatives to determine the most effective OHS solutions for their workplace. Employers must consult with workers prior to making any changes that may affect their occupational health and safety. If someone suffers a work-related injury or illness, their employer has duties under the Accident Compensation Act, one of which is to ensure their safe return to work. WorkSafe Victoria is a trading name of the Victorian WorkCover Authority Advisory ServiceToll-free 1800 136 089 Your health and safety contact is:HotspotsSolutionsLifting and bending  Shoulder Back Abdomen Forearm/wristã Use mechanical means to lift heavy weights.ã All tasks should be conducted in the ‘best working zone’ (i.e. between shoulder and knee height). Achieve this by raising, lowering or moving either the worker or the work.ã Empty pallets shouldn’t be lifted by one person.ã Use gloves for all manual handling tasks. Pushing and pulling  Shoulder Abdomenã Use magnetic lifters or a forklift where necessary.ã Use a suitable mobile or overhead crane for bundled loads.ã Use a purpose-built vehicle for small loads. Lacerations, amputations and fractures  Hand and Fingers Forearm/wrist Foot and toes Legã Use machinery guards appropriate to the level of access required. ã Wear suitable clothing (e.g. overalls, long trousers, long sleeve shirt, safety boots).ã Don’t use gloves when operating machinery, especially where the glove creates a risk of entanglement.ã Use gloves when working with hot equipment. Slips, trips and falls  Shoulder Knee Legã Ensure work procedures prevent or eliminate slipping/tripping hazards (e.g. uneven surfaces or changes of level) and obstructions (including slippery and wet surfaces caused by liquid, dust or other contamination).ã Avoid kneeling by positioning work within the ‘best working zone’. Using hand tools  Shoulder Hand and Fingers Forearm/wristã Hand tools should be fit for purpose and maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. Hearing loss  Earã Isolate noisy machinery or reduce noise levels (e.g. enclose machinery, reduce vibration, use barriers and screens to block the direct path of sound, silence air exhausts and blowing nozzles).ã Noise assessment should be conducted if employees are exposed to excessive noise (e.g. noise exceeds theexposure standard, workers have to raise their voices to communicate over a distance of one metre or have to wear hearing protection). ã Noise assessments should also be conducted if workers suffer a temporary reduction in hearing or ringing in the ears. ã Place warning signs in areas of excessive and continual noise, and wear hearing protection. Repetitive work   Arm Forearm/wristã Eliminate or minimise repetitive tasks involving bending through mechanical aids (e.g. automatic in-feed) or limiting the pace or duration of work (e.g. ensure work does not exceed 60 repetitions every two hours, job rotation). ã All tasks should be conducted in the ‘best working zone’. IHS0004/02/06.08 Click here to insert text


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Jul 23, 2017
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