The frequency and injury rates for the die casting industry are approximately twice those of other private industries. Personal injuries such as burns caused by molten metal, hot castings, hot oil and heat from die casting tooling, cuts and abrasions from castings and flash, slips and falls resulting from poor housekeeping, and sprains, strains and fractures that are the result either from work conditions or unsafe acts all contribute to the high rates.
NADCA’s concern for this trend resulted in the production a number of safety related materials and programs directed toward assisting the die caster in reducing incidents and personal injuries.
The General Safety Workbook & Video and Safety Orientation Program for Die Casters helps make individuals aware of the potential hazards present in the die casting environment and promotes safe work habits.
The NADCA Machine Safety Standard, Safety Audit Checklist and Electrical Interface Report provide means for the die caster to inspect machines and equipment to ensure safe conditions and working order. The NADCA Safety Standard Interpretations answer questions die casters may have when consulting the NADCA Machine Safety Standard.
The Safety Signage for Machines booklet is a comprehensive compilation of signs needed to warn of dangers and to promote safety for individuals working with and around die casting machines and ancillary equipment.
A thorough understanding by personnel working in the die casting environment of the potential safety hazards associated with die casting and the promotion of safe work habits and practices as described in the programs offered by NADCA can help to reduce accidents, injury and their related costs and improve safety in die casting operations.