Improving Our Workplace Safety Record

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Improving Our Workplace Safety Record

After I started working in my dad's factory, I could tell that there were a few changes that we needed to make right away. The workers weren't taking safety seriously, and it showed. Within a period of about three weeks, four workers had been involved in accidents. I knew that I wanted to turn things around, so I started focusing on following all of the rules. Within the period of about year, we were able to slash our accident record. This blog is designed to help people who work in the processing and manufacturing field know how to take care of their employees and prevent dramatic losses.

Tips for Using an Industrial Can Seamer Safely

If you need to seal cans, you likely have a can seamer to help you with this process so that you get it done more quickly. However, it is really important that you don't accidentally get hurt while using the can seamer. Here are some tips for making sure that you and your employees stay perfectly safe while sealing cans.

1. Wear Gloves

Your first step is to wear thick gloves in order to make sure that you don't cut yourself. Both the can seamer and the edges of the cans themselves can be sharp. If you cut yourself on either of these objects, you have the potential to accidentally get blood in the machine or in the cans, rendering them difficult to use or worthless. You could also potentially injure yourself in a way that is permanent. To avoid a nasty fate, play it safe and wear gloves that are thick enough to prevent errant movements from accidentally resulting in cuts.

2. Keep Things Tight

You also want to avoid accidentally getting anything that is attached to you stuck inside the can or pulled by the seamer. This can result in you getting injured. Avoid wearing lanyards or loose clothing, as they do not stay close to your body. Also tie back long hair so that you are not risking getting it caught in the seamer. This could cause injury to your scalp and neck. Proper clothing that should be worn while operating the can seamer include tops that can be tucked into the waistband of pants, sleeves that hang close to the body rather than loosely off the wrists, and pants that do not have any frays that could accidentally get into the seamer.

3. Check the Seamer Every Day

Finally, be sure that you check your seamer at least every day, or preferably once a shift. The reason for this is that you are using the seamer to manipulate sharp metal. If the seamer is misaligned or has any other problems, the sharp metal could go flying into someone or something and cause permanent, expensive injury. When you are checking over the can seamer, make sure that you are checking all of the moving parts to make sure that they are adequately tightened. Check for inappropriate friction between the moving parts to further make sure that you don't damage your seamer.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in can seamers.