If your new job has you working with a sigma blade mixer, there are steps you'll need to take to avoid on-the-job injuries. One of the most important steps you can take involves your operating manual. Before you begin using your mixer, be sure to thoroughly read – and understand – your operating manual. The information contained in there will help keep you – and your co-workers – safe. In addition to the information you'll learn in your operating manual, here are four steps that will help you avoid workplace injuries.
Wear Proper Clothing
Blade mixers contain movable components that can cause serious injuries, especially if your clothing gets caught in the tank. To avoid injuries, it's important that you always wear the proper clothing. First, never wear loose-fitting clothing, including shirts or pants. Second, avoid wearing jewelry that could get caught in the blades. Third, wear steel-toed boots to prevent crushing injuries to your feet. Finally, be sure to always wear protective goggles to prevent flying debris from injuring your eyes.
Secure the Mixer
During operation, your mixer will experience considerable vibration. Not only that, but the drum can become unstable when the load is off-balance. To prevent tipping accidents, always be sure that your mixer is securely attached to the floor before you switch it on. If your mixer has lockable wheels, make sure the locks are engaged. Ensuring that your mixer is secure, will prevent injuries to you – and others.
Prevent Electrical Hazards
If you're going to be operating your mixer outside, or around other water sources, always make sure that your electrical cords and connections are kept dry. One way to do that is to inspect the protective coating on your electrical cords. If you see bare wires or other issues that would cause electrical emergencies if they were exposed to water, leave the mixer in the "off" position and notify your supervisors immediately. Do not operate your mixer until the wiring can be repaired.
Listen for Unusual Sounds
If your mixer is operating properly, you should only hear the usual sounds coming from the drum. However, if your mixer begins making unusual sounds, such as grinding or squealing, you should notify someone as soon as possible. Those unusual sounds could be signaling serious problems such as loose bolts, or damaged belts. If you suspect this type of problem, you should have your mixer inspected as soon as possible.
If you'll be working with an industrial mixer, use the tips provided here to keep you – and your co-workers – safe.