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Posted on: June 24, 2013 By: Trevor Atherton, Safety Mgr

Caught In/Struck By Hazards

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Caught in or between” and “struck by” hazards are two of OSHA’s Focus Four.  These types of incidents continue to cause many fatalities and serious injuries annually.

A struck by injury is caused by forcible contact or impact between the injured person and an object or piece of equipment.  A caught in or between injury may be similar to struck by injuries, but caught in or between injuries can be determined if the injury was created more as a result of a crushing injury between two objects.

Struck by hazards are categorized by:  flying object, falling object, swinging object or rolling object.  Caught in or between hazards are categorized by:  cave-ins, being pulled into or caught in machinery and equipment or being compressed or crushed between rolling, sliding or shifting objects.

How to protect yourself from struck by hazards:

  • Ensuring all hand tools are maintained in good condition.
  • All tools equipped with guards shall have guards in place.
  • Only trained and authorized employees are allowed to operate powder-actuated tools.
  • Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes.
  • All materials stacked materials shall be secured to prevent sliding, falling or collapsing.  Secure all materials and tools when working at elevated heights.
  • Toe boards shall be erected along the edge of overhead walking/working surfaces and scaffolds.
  • Proper head, eye, face and hand protection shall be worn.

How to protect yourself from caught in or between hazards:

  • Use machinery that is properly guarded.
  • Use methods to ensure that machinery is sufficiently supported, secured or otherwise made safe.
  • Protect yourself from being pinned between equipment, materials or other objects.
  • Protect yourself on excavation sites.
  • Never walk under suspended loads.
  • Always make contact with equipment operators before walking in front of, behind or around equipment.
  • Motorized equipment shall be equipped with an operating back up alarm.

Always look out for these types of hazards on the jobsite and don’t put yourself in a situation where you could become injured.

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