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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.

Gribbins Leaders Featured on the Cover of EHS Today

Jim Gribbins, president and founder of Gribbins Insulation, Gribbins vice president Brian Willett, and Gribbins safety manager Trevor Atherton are featured on the cover of the June issue of EHS Today magazine. The trio was named to EHS Today’s annual top 50 Leaders list of the “individuals whom the editors of EHS Today feel had the most impact on occupational safety, health, the environment, and risk management in 2012-13.” The full article may be viewed online here.

Trevor Atherton, Jim Gribbins, and Brian Willett on the June 2013 issue of EHS Today

Trevor Atherton, Jim Gribbins, and Brian Willett on the June 2013 issue of EHS Today

EHS Today is the premier worker and workplace protection publication and digital resource for American safety managers, covering vital environmental, health and safety best practices and compliance information. It has been the leader in coverage of the safety and health industry since its inception more than 70 years ago. EHS Today’s annual 50 Leaders list, Future Leaders list, and America’s Safest Companies awards are respected highlights of the health and safety industry.

About Jim Gribbins, President and Founder
Since founding Gribbins Insulation in 1985, Jim Gribbins has led his company to success by focusing on the core values of integrity, safety, quality, productivity, and innovation. A graduate of the University of Evansville and a leader in the industry, Gribbins is actively involved in numerous associations including board member for the National Insulation Association; Trustee and Executive Committee member for the National Asbestos Workers Pension and Medical Funds; and Charter Member and Board Member for the National Union Insulation Contractors Alliance. The Gribbins Insulation safety program has been honored with more than 25 safety awards since 2010. Jim Gribbins was selected as one of the National Safety Council’s 2012 CEOs Who Get It, along with the CEOs of Dow Chemical and Georgia Pacific.

About Brian Willett, Vice President
Brian Willett has more than ten years of success managing all types of commercial and industrial insulation projects during his tenure at Gribbins Insulation. After gaining experience as safety manager, purchasing manager and estimating manager, Willett was promoted to Vice President in 2008. With a Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Indiana State University, Willett developed the original, extensive Gribbins safety program and works directly with the current Safety Manager to continue its evolution as one of the best in the industry. 2013 awards include the MICCS “Crystal Eagle”; the Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award; and the National Insulation Association Platinum Award.

Trevor Atherton, Safety Manager
As Gribbins Safety Manager since 2007, Trevor Atherton, Associate Safety Professional, has helped build the Gribbins safety program into one of the best in the industry. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Indiana University and multiple safety certifications and licenses, Atherton manages a team of five full-time safety coordinators, conducts new hire orientations, audits safety data and statistics, and routinely updates the Gribbins safety manual and policies. His efforts have brought much honor to Gribbins Insulation including local, state, and national safety awards as well as OSHA VPP Star Status at Gribbins’s Marathon jobsite in Illinois. Under Atherton’s leadership, Gribbins employees have worked without a single lost-time accident since October 2007.

Incident Reporting

It is imperative that all incidents, accidents, property damage, near misses, violations, safety communication by clients/owners be reported immediately.  Any type of incident, no matter how minor it seems, shall be reported to your foreman immediately.  Once the foreman is aware of the incident, or if you are the foreman, you should contact Trevor Atherton at 812-483-8049, Rick Jordan at 812-305-1801or Jake Gribbins (812) 483-6209 within 30 minutes.  Also, the foreman shall contact Nathan Schiff (Evansville), JD Smothers (Terre Haute) or Mike Brown (Louisville) depending on what area you are working in.

ToolboxTalkIt is to the employee’s benefit if the employee reports these incidents immediately.   The employee can receive the medical care that is required to prevent increased severity of the injury and decrease pain and suffering.  One example of this is an eye injury, if an employee feels like they have gotten something in their eye it needs to be reported immediately so they can get the appropriate first aid care to remove the debris.  This is an incident that if not taken care of immediately can cause more damage to the eye by the employee rubbing their eye or the debris becoming imbedded in the eye.  Another example would be lacerations that could become infected.  It is imperative that the laceration be cleaned out and antibiotics applied to prevent infection.  Another reason to report is that worker’s compensation requires the employee report the incident within the work shift that the injury occurs.  Also, when incidents and near misses are reported procedures or policies can be put in place to keep employees from being injured in the future from the same types of incidents.  In the event of a violation it is important that the proper steps be taken to prevent these incidents from occurring in the future.   If incidents are not reported, immediately disciplinary action will be taken.

Once an incident is reported an incident investigation must be completed.  It is important to start the investigation immediately following the incident to gather facts about the incident while they are still fresh.  The incident investigation includes, employee information, location of incident, time of incident, incident classification, injury classification, injury type, body part affected, incident description, witnesses, employee statement, witness statements, corrective actions, management review and completion of corrective actions.  The purpose of the incident investigation is not to place blame, but to get to the root cause of the incident and put corrective actions in place to prevent them from occurring in the future.




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