“First Lego Safety Video – Don’t Get Struck By Mobile Equipment” #Construction #WorkplaceSafety

“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.

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.

Additional OSHA Resources

See the OSHA Construction eTool Page

[PDF]‘Struck-By’ Hazards – OSHA

Struck-By” Hazards. Being struck by an object is one of the leading causes of construction-related deaths. Workers are most often struck by heavy equipment …

[PDF]Construction Focus Four: Struck‐By Hazards – OSHA

According to OSHA, “Struck” is defined as: injuries produced by forcible contact or impact between the injured person and an object or piece of equipment. B. Examples. Struck-by hazards in construction cause accidents such as the following: •

[PDF]Big Four Construction Hazards: Struck-by Hazards – OSHA

Struck-by Hazards Overview. A. Hazard Recognition. 1. Struck-by Falling Objects. 2. Struck-by Flying Objects. 3. Struck-by Swinging/Slipping Objects. 4.

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