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What hazards do machinists face at work?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Machinists work in an environment where precision and skill are critical, but they also face a variety of hazards that can lead to serious injuries. All employers should have safety protocols in place that keep workers safe.

Understanding these common risks that machinists encounter in their workplace may help employees and employers to enhance safety.

Exposure to harmful substances

Machinists often work with various chemicals and substances that can be harmful if they’re improperly handled. Coolants, lubricants and metalworking fluids can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems and other health issues. Long-term exposure to these substances, especially without adequate protective gear, can lead to serious medical conditions.

Machinery-related injuries

One of the most apparent hazards in a machinist’s job is the machinery itself. Lathes, milling machines, and grinders have moving parts, sharp edges, and hot surfaces that pose risks of cuts, burns, and crush injuries.

Noise-induced hearing loss

The working environment for machinists is typically noisy, with machinery operating at high decibels. Prolonged exposure to this noise without proper ear protection can lead to noise-induced hearing loss, a permanent condition that can significantly impact quality of life.

Slips, trips, and falls

Slips, trips and falls are common in many workplaces, and machine shops are no exception. Oil, coolants and other substances can make floors slippery, while cluttered work areas and cables can pose tripping hazards. Falls can lead to a range of injuries, from minor bruises to severe fractures or head injuries.

Eye injuries

Machining operations often produce flying chips and particles, posing a significant risk to eyesight. Without appropriate eye protection, machinists can suffer from eye injuries, including corneal abrasions or more severe trauma, potentially leading to vision loss.

An injured machinist should seek medical care immediately. Workers’ compensation should cover those expenses, as well as other costs related to the injury.