When working with chippers, operators must take care not to get too close to, or make contact with, the machine. If they do, hazards may arise that can lead to face, eye, head or hand injuries, as well as serious hearing loss.
As a best practice, workers should never wear loose-fitting clothing around a chipper, as it could get caught on moving components. When operating the machine, contractors should always wear earplugs, safety glasses, hard hats and gloves.
To keep operators from coming into contact with moving chipper components, employers must not only guard the infeed and discharge ports, but they must also take measures to prevent access covers or doors from opening until the drum or disc has completely stopped.
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