011: Don’t Make This Simple Point of Operation Mistake


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The Citation

In this episode, we are discussing the point of operation, and a company that failed to guard the point of operation on a meat grinder and was subsequently fined $3600. 

The fine states “the Employer failed to provide an effective point of operation guard” it then goes on to state that the guard would prevent the operator’s hand from entering the point of operation. 

Thankfully, in this case, the operator was not injured. But, without proper guards on the machinery’s point of operation – not only could the employee have been seriously injured, but the fine would have been much higher.


Point of Operation Guards

If this company had properly guarded its machinery, this $3600 could have been avoided. It takes a keen eye to notice the point of operation of a machine – if you need help with anything, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to help.

Examples of Machines Requiring Point of Operation Guarding:


  • Power Presses
  • Milling Machines
  • Power Saws
  • Jointers
  • Portable Power Tools
  • Shears

With GotSafety on your side, you can avoid citations such as this one. Give us a call at 800-734-3574 and we can give you a demo of our services and how we can help!