Safeguarding workers from the dangerous moving parts of equipment and installing devices to prevent unexpected activation during cleaning and maintenance of machines are two of the safety violations that are often committed by industrial employers nationwide, including in Colorado. There are frequent media reports about injured workers losing fingers or limbs in workplace accidents that were caused by such violations. In addition, clothing and even hair can be caught in unprotected machine parts -- often with devastating consequences.
In July, a worker in another state suffered a horrific on-the-job accident. While working in a recycling plant, her ponytail got caught in a moving conveyor belt. She describes how painful it was and says that she still doesn't know from where she got the strength to prevent going into the massive rollers of the machine. She managed to pull free but lost 70 percent of her scalp in the process.