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Reducing Bakery Injuries: Cutting and Crushing Risks

Common Bakery Liabilities > Cutting and Crushing Injuries

Reducing Bakery Injuries: Cutting and Crushing RisksIn this series of posts, we’re covering the most prominent injuries that bakery workers experience. We’ve explored how bakeries can minimize slips and falls in their stores, now we’re going to talk about how to identify and prevent cutting and crushing risks. As we explore these preventative measures, ensure you protect your client’s operation and employees with a Bakery Workers’ Compensation Insurance program.

Bakeries contain many items of dangerous machinery where staff can come into contact with moving blades, conveyor belts and other traps leading to serious cutting and crushing injuries of the limbs. Some examples include dough brakes, pie and tart machines, mixers, roll plant and dividers, says Banbridge. Operating this equipment and tools can pose a serious safety risk. Here’s how to prevent injuries associated with each.

  • Ensure equipment is in good working order and is serviced as required.
  • Provide detailed training to all employees on how to operate and clean each machine.
  • Display warnings for cuts and crushing injuries on each machine to remind employees of the risks they assume while operating the equipment.
  • Ensure dangerous parts are adequately guarded, that interlocks are working and that machines can be readily isolated.
  • Ensure all equipment is set up on a level, sturdy base and that there is plenty of room for employees to work next to it.

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Workers’ Compensation insurance is required in most states, but that doesn’t mean all coverages are created equally. An experienced carrier with aggressive claims management can reduce the overall costs to the business and get the employee back to work in a timely manner. Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc. has been “The Workers’ Compensation Specialist for Brokers and Agents” for the past two decades and is committed to providing brokers and insurance agents across the East Coast with expertise and services to develop a Workers’ Compensation policy. For more information about how we can assist you with claims management, anti-fraud measures, and more, call (610) 543-5510 to speak with one of our professionals.

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