Arizona's industrial workers are exposed to numerous hazards on their jobs every day. The machines they work with pose any number of threats to their lives and limbs. Employers are required to ensure that safety measures are in place to protect workers from the many mechanical and non-mechanical dangers of the equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines minimum machinery safety requirements pertaining to nearly every part of every machine.
Any part of a machine that moves poses a danger to workers. Safeguards should prevent employees from getting any part of their bodies or clothing entangled in or severed by any part of the machine. OSHA cautions, however, that the safeguards cannot become a hindrance to the work that needs to be performed. Otherwise, the safety mechanism might be removed in order to allow the work to be done, which could then lead to injury.