What Are Entanglement Injuries in the Workplace?

As it pertains to entanglement accidents, there are many different incidents that might occur in or around a machine. Many times, a worker’s clothing could be the cause of these accidents. This could happen when a worker gets a glove in the spindle of a bench drill or having fingers become amputated due to a lathe accident. Every machinist working in a factory must ask the question: “Is this piece of rotating machinery most appropriate for the job at hand?”

Rotating machines can be found in factories, plants, agricultural territories, and many other places. However, the problem results from employees and employers alike not realizing the potential danger in these machines. There are some precautions that should be taken to prevent entanglement injuries, such as:

  • Not wearing loose clothing
  • Removing all jewelry
  • Making sure that clothing is tight to the body
  • Tying hair up that is long around machines
  • Turning off a machine to conduct maintenance or cleaning
  • Never trying to step over moving parts

Employers should train employees to make sure that they are receiving proper supervision around these machines. They should also alert co-workers to be aware of all workers in the vicinity of these machines when they start up. By following these guidelines, it is possible to prevent a potential and deadly entanglement accident in the workplace. If you have been injured by a machine in the workplace due to someone else’s negligence, give us a call today. It is important to receive legal help after you have received medical attention for your injury as well as reported the injury to a supervisor.