National Safety Council Safety Month in June – Week 3/Struck-By

National Safety Council Safety Month in June – Week 3/Struck-By 

tcc 6Struck-by objects is another leading cause of construction-related deaths. Approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes. The number of workers fatally struck by a vehicle was at a seven-year high in 1998.

Did you know? One in four “struck by vehicle” deaths involve construction workers, more than any other occupation!

The following related hazards cause the most struck-by injuries:

Falling/Flying Objects

You are at risk from falling objects when you are beneath cranes, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is being performed. There is a danger from flying objects when power tools, or activities like pushing, pulling, or prying, may cause objects to become airborne. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to concussions, blindness, or death.

How Do I Avoid Hazards?

Wear your Hardhat!nsc hard hat
Stack materials to prevent sliding, falling, or collapse.
Use protective measures such as toeboards and debris nets.
Protect yourself while using Power Tools, Machines, etc.
Use safety glasses, goggles, face shields, etc., where machines or tools may cause flying particles.
Inspect tools, such as saws and lathes, to insure that protective guards are in good condition.
Make sure you are trained in the proper operation of powder actuated tools.

While Performing Overhead Work, you must:

Secure tools and materials to prevent them from falling on people below.
Barricade hazard areas and post warning signs.
Use toeboards, screens, or guardrails on scaffolds to prevent falling objects.
Use debris nets, catch platforms, or canopies to catch or deflect falling objects.

Dangers with Compressed Air

Reduce compressed air used for cleaning to 30 psi, and only use with appropriate guarding and protective equipment.
Never clean clothing with compressed air.

Safety with Cranes and Hoists

tcc 8Avoid working underneath loads being moved.
Barricade hazard areas and post warning signs.
Inspect cranes and hoists to see that all components, such as wire rope, lifting hooks, chains, etc., are in good condition.
Do not exceed lifting capacity of cranes and hoists.
Secure tools and materials to prevent them from falling on people below.
Barricade hazard areas and post warning signs.

 

 

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