Machine Guarding: Definition and Types

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in charge of ensuring companies follow regulations regarding worker and workplace safety. One way Avon Lake Sheet Metal ensures the protection of all workers is through carefully adhering to the regulations concerning machine guarding. In Cleveland and surrounding areas, our shop, and workers both-on-and-off site work with operators, clients, contractors, and others to make certain everyone adheres to the legislation.


It is one method used to protect individuals from dangerous hazardous machinery components. This includes all parts that by their nature or through their function, design, or process may result in causing harm. The intention is to reduce risks for accidents.


While the purpose of machine guarding is identical, the types differ. The requirements for your plant may differ substantially from those of a furniture factory in Cleveland or a fabrication plant in Tallahassee. Plant owners can choose from a variety of options including:

  • Fixed guards: integrated permanently into the device
  • Interlocked guards: They will pause or disable machine operations when certain actions occur
  • Manually adjustable guards: As the name indicates, these are adjustable when required to work with the machine
  • Self-adjusting guards: These adjust automatically to provide protection to specific moving machinery types


No matter where you work, or how innocuous your workplace may appear, at Avon Lake Sheet Metal, our employees understand the hazards present. In fabrication shops, in assembly facilities, and both small and large metal manufacturers, employees work with dangerous equipment every day. Dangerous machines can cause serious injury, and even death, in Cleveland and all across the nation. To prevent this, machine guarding is essential. Employ this and all other means to ensure all your employees can go home at the end of the day.