PINCH POINTS ARE NOT JUST RELATED TO MACHINERY
When the topic of Pinch points arises, most employees relate the hazard to working with machinery where an injury occurs due to contact with moving parts. However, there are many instances where an injury can occur due to other often overlooked circumstances.
- Foot and Leg Injuries: This type of injury can occur when an employee is struck by moving objects such as products being moved within a facility by forklifts, overhead cranes or even by individuals. The type of injury can range from a contusion, a laceration or even an amputation.
BE AWARE OF MATERIALS BEING MOVED WITHIN YOUR FACILITY –
STAY CLEAR OF THE OPERATION IF NOT INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY
- Hand and Arm Injuries: This type of injury can occur when an employee is involved in “hands on” type of operations, usually while guiding materials into place or picking up / laying down materials. The result can be pinched fingers, lacerations or amputations.
KEEP FINGERS, HANDS AND ARMS CLEAR FROM MATERIALS BEING STACKED OR MOVED AND COORDINATE THE MOVEMENT WITH OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT ARE INVOLVED
ALWAYS PRE-PLAN ANY MATERIAL HANDLING OR MOVEMENT IN ORDER TO PREVENT POTENTIALLY SERIOUS INJURIES