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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 9 (February 25, 1927)

Rules For Prevention Of Accidents In Workshops

Rules For Prevention Of Accidents In Workshops.

The following notice for the guidance of employees is now conspicuously exhibited in our Workshops:—

  • 1. Never turn on any power to set machinery in motion without first seeing that no one is in a position to be injured.
  • 2. Do not oil, adjust, or clean machinery while it is in motion.
  • 3. If, for any purpose, fencing or other safeguards are removed, do not forget to replace them before restarting work.
  • 4. Do not operate any machinery unless authorised by proper authority.
  • 5. If a driving belt has to be adjusted or replaced, do not attempt this unless the machinery is first stopped. In shops where a special man is engaged for attending to main belts he should be notified at once; machinists should not attempt to replace main belts unless instructed to do so by the foreman or leading hand.
  • 6. Avoid wearing loose, torn clothing, long neckties, loose bootlaces or finger rings. All are dangerous as they are liable to be caught in moving parts of machinery.
  • 7. Boards containing projecting nails should not be left lying about. When you see such boards either turn them over or bend the nails down.
  • 8. When removing turnings, chips, shavings, etc., from machines, stop the machines first; provide yourself with a brush or other suitable cleaner. Do not remove them with your fingers or hands.
  • 9. When chipping with hammer and chisel, working at emery wheel, casting with a hand ladle, or doing any work for which it is necessary to protect the eyes, special goggles should be worn.
  • 10. Ladders should be placed at a safe angle to prevent slipping away, falling sideways or backwards. Secure ladders to prevent slipping away. Ladders should not be placed on running shafting.
  • 11. Do not work with defective chains, tools or appliances. The attention of leading hand or foreman should be drawn to any defective appliances.
  • 12. When stacking moulding boxes or any other material, be careful that they are stacked securely, and that they are not likely to fall on, or otherwise injure, passers by. Boxes, bars etc., should not be left lying about in the fairway lest other workmen trip over them.
  • 13. When working on or near electric trolley wires and wires conveying current for lighting and power, care should be taken to switch the current off at the switchboard and draw the fuse. All live wires should be protected where possible.
  • 14. Do not ride on steam travelling cranes or overhead electric cranes, or other moving bodies, unless it is your business to do so and is absolutely necessary.
  • 15. If you are injured, no matter how slightly, report the injury immediately to the foreman or leading hand and get it dressed. A slight injury may cause blood-poisoning.