When assessing the safety risks of a work task, the devil is in the details, and who knows the details better than the employees who perform the task.
Forklifts are an everyday piece of equipment at many worksites, which sometimes can lead to workers taking them for granted and getting sloppy with basic safety precautions. The results of that carelessness can, however, be life-altering.
An article on an Australian safety website described the tragic death of a worker whose coat was caught in a lathe and asked the question that is the title of this article: Can metal lathes be made safe? The answers raise some basic issues about retrofitting machines for safeguarding.