What is the Line of Fire? Technically, “Line of fire” is a military term that describes the path of a discharged missile or firearm. It’s the path an object will travel. In the construction world there are many objects that have potential to create line of fire exposure.
As John Boyle put it in his article; Awareness is our first line of defense. We must be alert for conditions that may change where the line of fire zone exists, including wind gusts and falling objects. Perform a job site walk-down to identify missing or weak defenses in areas such as yard, shop, construction sites, equipment guards and excavation shoring. Plate or beam clamps that rely solely upon a screw type mechanism for securing material are not permitted for use on the Pipeworx project. A locking mechanism is also required on screw type clamps.
Supervisors must continually remind workers to stay clear of hazards by using flagging, barricades, job briefings and three-way communication on all our job. Pay close attention to personnel and objects above, below and in the immediate work area during any job evaluation. No material should be dropped from overhead unless communicated and absolutely necessary; this shall be done under the crew leader’s direction. The drop zone shall always be guarded and cleared.
- Never walk under a suspended load. Cut away from your body.
- Communicate to other workers when entering a lifting/hoisting zone, even if for a short period.
- Balance the load prior to lifting. If you are hoisting materials, barricade the area.
- Rigging equipment shall never be loaded in excess of its maximum safe loading limit.
- If you must use force when pushing or pulling, always look at where you would go if you slipped or equipment gave way.
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