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3 hazards of machine shops

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | workers' compensation

Machine shops are busy work zones that include a lot of moving machinery. The machinists in these shops often have to handle very intricate jobs making everything from airplane parts to tools that cut holes for straws in lids. 

While many people are familiar with the hazards that come with the moving machinery and heavy lifting, there are other hazards that these professionals face. These can all have life-long impacts and can potentially impact their ability to continue working.

Hearing loss

In machine shops, hearing loss is a significant hazard due to the constant exposure to high levels of noise from machinery and equipment. Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels (dB) can result in permanent hearing loss and many machine shops have much higher noise levels, sometimes 90 dB or higher. Employers should provide personal protective equipment such as earplugs or earmuffs.

Vision impairment

Vision impairment in machine shops often arises from exposure to flying debris, intense light, and harmful chemicals. Machining processes such as grinding, welding and cutting produce small particles that can cause severe eye injuries if proper eye protection isn’t worn. Safety goggles and face shields are essential to protect workers’ eyes from these hazards.

Chemical burns

Chemical burns are another serious hazard in machine shops because of chemicals used for cleaning, lubricating and processing materials. These substances can cause severe skin burns and eye damage upon contact. Proper use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, aprons and eye protection can minimize the risk of chemical burns. 

Machinists who suffer any of these conditions should seek workers’ compensation benefits if the condition is due to work. They may have to fight for these benefits, so having someone to assist with this is beneficial. 



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