“Caught” or “crushed by” injuries occur when body parts get caught between two objects or entangled with machinery. These hazards are also referred to as “pinch points.” The physical forces applied to a body part caught in a pinch point can vary and cause injuries ranging from bruises and cuts, to mangled and amputated body parts, and even death.
Get training and learn about the caught/crush and pinch points hazards specific to your tasks, tools, and equipment so you can take precautions. Look for possible pinch points before you start a task. Give your work your full attention. Most accidents occur when workers are distracted. Read and follow warning signs posted on equipment. If you value all that your hands can do, THINK before you put them in a hazardous spot.
Turn equipment off and use lock out/tag out (LOTO) procedures before adjusting, clearing a jam, repairing, or servicing a machine. Never place your body under or between powered equipment unless it is de-energized. Communication is key.
When acting as a spotter, ensure that you have full communication with the operating party whether it be via radio or hand signals. Nothing moves without communication between the operator and spotter. The spotter will maintain eye contact with the driver at all times. If eye contact is broken, the driver shall stop the vehicle.
- Stay focused on the task at hand –avoid complacency.
- Things can change very fast. Are you paying attention to your surroundings?
- Stay preferably on the driver’s side of vehicle or where the driver wants you to be.
- Always be seen and stay out of the line of fire!
- Have you agreed with the driver on hand signals?
- Watch for other vehicles or workers.
- Stop traffic and operation if necessary.
- If the operation is too hard to handle by one person…. Have you asked for some help?
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