Machine Cut Injuries
Machine cut injuries are injuries that are incurred in places of work as a result of accidents that are related to the use of machines. This can sometimes take place when workers are caught by parts of moving machines. Such machines may be in rotation, pressed or sliding. These kinds of injuries are today the most popular ones that occur in many manufacturing and processing industries. Machine cut injuries may lead to the loss of fingers of individuals, their limbs or other body parts. In certain circumstances, the victims even lose their lives in the event that their heads are chopped off by moving machines.
The National Safety Council reports that in 2010 only, an estimated 248 lives were lost as a result of machine cuts in the manufacturing sector (Healey & Walker, 2013). About $52 million was issued out as compensation to the workers involved in machine cut injuries within the manufacturing industry. Thus, machine cut accidents have a great bearing in the public health sector. It is for this reason that the public health has initiated an approach targeted at reducing the injuries.
In the application of the Haddon matrix in machine cut accidents, the occupational safety interventions will majorly be exercised in the pre-event stage (Christoffel & Gallagher, 2006). This will entail activities that would try to stop the wound from taking place. For instance, the workers should be properly trained on how to handle and operate machines. Besides, they should also be educated on the safety measures to be observed in the operation of the machines. It is also important that safety guards are installed in the moving parts of the machines.
The interventions to be applied at the event stage will involve activities aimed at limiting the severity of the injuries; however, it will not hinder the accidents from happening (Christoffel & Gallagher, 2006). For example, this can be achieved by switching off the machine immediately when a fault is detected, or using restraining impairments.
At the post event stage, the intervention will involve acts like conducting first aid to the victims, or transporting them to a proper surgical care facility for treatment so as to avoid death or other kinds of long term impairments (Christoffel & Gallagher, 2006).
The pre-event stage is the most ideal level of intervention for machine cut injuries. The reason for this is because it is not costly and also healthy to both the machine operators as well as the equipments. The prevention of accidents does not interfere with the normal operations of the factory. Thus, the profitability is maintained. Besides, the company will not have to use money for the treatment or compensation of accident victims.
Christoffel, T., & Gallagher, S. S. (2006). Injury prevention and public health: practical knowledge, skills, and strategies (2nd ed.). Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Healey, B. J., & Walker, K. T. (2013). Introduction to occupational health in public health practice (Unabridged. ed.). San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass.