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Shop Hazards

Machinery Left Unattended

Generally speaking, tools and equipment should not be left unattended when powered up or loaded (power actuated tools).  The equipment could malfunction or parts could vibrate into the point of operation.  Personnel not authorized to be in the area could also come into contact with moving machine parts or try to operate the equipment without proper training.

Heavy equipment such as forklifts, bulldozers, cranes, loaders, backhoes, etc. present specific risks when left unattended including unauthorized use and accidental activation.  In these cases, OSHA regards equipment as unattended when the operator is more than 25 feet from the equipment.

Help protect your fellow employees by following equipment specific shutdown procedures when the equipment is to be left unattended and/or when use is discontinued for breaks or at the end of the shift.