Most industrial machines are very large and powerful mechanisms equipped with a variety of dangerous tools, since only heavy duty tools are able to pierce through metals and other incredibly strong materials. Also, because they are often run automatically, stopping a machine if an accident occurs could be quite a fete. That is why safety procedures are always developed, out into place and practiced by the management and employees of industrial companies. An example of a machine that is powerful, impressive and efficient, but could also be very dangerous, is waterjet cutting machinery. Hydro cutters are used to slice through numerous metals, glass, ceramics, plastics, wood, marble, foam and stone by way of powerful jets of water, usually containing various blasting media to give the slicing power of the jets more punch.
Although some might think that a machine that utilizes water would not harm a human being, water jet cutting equipment is just as lethal as lasers and sharp metal cutting tools. Therefore, these machines should be treated with the utmost respect and care. The first safety procedure is fairly simple; ensuring that the space where a hydro cutter is placed is clearly defined and that the area where the jets will be aimed has a back that will not be damaged by the flow of water. Another simple procedure that greatly decreases the risk of injury involves properly training those that will be operating hydro cutters so that they will not make any mistakes while using the machine. Wearing protective gear while the hydro cutter is active is another easy but effective safety procedure, which can include eyewear and gloves. Lastly, making sure that those working never do so while, sick or intoxicated will keep them at their best and most aware. Nobody in their right mind would ever walk into the path of a water jet cutting machine in operation.