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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release V-86
Date: January 10, 2003
Contact: Juan Solano
Phone: (312) 353-6976
Identify Machine Guarding Hazards
Machinery Safety Training at the College of DuPage on Jan. 30
AURORA, Ill. -- To help employers prevent amputations and debilitating injuries in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program, will present a seminar on machinery safeguarding on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
The program is sponsored by a partnership between OSHA, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program and Illinois Small Business Development Center Network, and Northern Illinois University's National Safety Education Center.
"Amputations occur most often when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded machinery. This training will help employers identify and correct machine guarding hazards," said Michael G. Connors, OSHA regional administrator in Chicago.
Machine guarding and related machinery violations consistently rank among the top 10 of OSHA citations issued. Workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year.
OSHA compliance experts will help employers identify and control amputation hazards caused by mechanical components, mechanical motion in or near these components, and activities performed by workers during operation of machinery. The training will help employers identify OSHA standards that apply to their operations.
The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The fee for the seminar, handout materials, and refreshments is $25. To register, contact Rita Hatcher at 630-942-2184.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7773 or TTY (202)693-7755.
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