Powerful industrial sewing machines can sew through heavy material other machines cannot touch, but they can be dangerous if you do not follow the rules and listen to safety precautions.
Driven by a powerful 1/2 to 3/4 horse motor, the needle on an industrial sewing machine can slam down with a hammer-like force up to 5,000 times per minute.
High-speed powerful impacts mean operators need to be careful when sewing or maintaining the machines in order to prevent injury.
Wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE, and paying attention to the rules for safely operating these high-speed sewing machines can help keep you injury-free.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Industrial Sewing Machine Operators
Industrial sewing machine operators should wear two main types of personal protective gear:
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
Safe Operation of Industrial Sewing Machines
Some rules for operating an industrial sewing machine include:
- Do not leave the power on when the machine is not in use.
- Do not let small children or animals play around the machine when the power is on.
- Watch where you are sewing and do not sew your fingers.
- Do not remove safety features from the machine.
- If the machine does not have finger guards, see about getting them installed.
Safety Tips for Industrial Sewing Machine Operators
As an industrial sewing machine operator, you have the responsibility to keep yourself safe.
If you do not wear the necessary protective gear, you are the one who will feel the pain when something goes wrong.
If you work for someone else and they do not provide eye or hearing protection, you should either ask them for the needed PPE, or pick it up yourself as soon as possible.
Potential for Injury
If you leave the power on when working on the machine, or you let your fingers get under a moving needle assembly, you will be the one hurt, so shut the power off.
Watch ahead when you are sewing and slow down before you hit thick seams or material.
Keep yourself and others safe by turning the machine off at the switch or unplugging it when it is not in use.
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