Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently issued a safety alert following an incident in which a worker suffered serious lacerations and broken bones to all four fingers on one hand from a slicing machine blade.
Early investigations revealed the machine was used to slice dry meat products, and it appears the worker was cleaning waste material from an area next to the blade with a guard raised.
Machinery, including meat slicers, often has several different types of moving parts. There are significant risks associated with machinery and using it unsafely can cause severe injuries including:
Hazards associated with meat slicing or similar machines include but are not limited to:
The alert said effective control measures for plant and machinery include a combination of controls. Some risk control measures can include but are not limited to the following examples:
Risks can be further minimised by implementing administrative controls such as a safe system of work and personal protective equipment (PPE) controls. This could include, but is not limited to: