Line of Fire Hazard Recognition
When it comes to preventing injuries at the workplace, it is often good to start with the basic types of injuries that do occur. These can be broken down into three categories.
As you consider the possibility of workplace injuries, consider the following as the main ways workers can be hurt:
- Struck by
- Energy Released
Once you understand the above, the next step is to determine which types of activities or settings cause the majority of workplace injuries.
Line of Fire refers to those workers who put themselves in harm’s way by virtue of the type of work they do. This can occur in both manufacturing and construction. Line of Fire injuries can occur in the following areas.
- Heavy Equipment
- Hand and Power Tools
- Material handling
- Mobile Equipment
- Unsafe Behaviors
It is important to always remember that Line of Fire hazards are one of the most deadly hazards found in Manufacturing and Construction, second only to Slip, Trips and Fall.
Each year hundreds of workers are injured by Line of Fire accidents.
Deaths from Line of Fire injuries number into the hundreds. Approximately 27% of work place deaths are related to Line of Fire accidents.
As companies consider their safety programs, the objective should be:
- No one gets hurt because of a Line of Fire injury whether they are performing the task or simply in the area.
- Caught-in hazards occur when a worker could be caught inside of or in between different objects.
- Struck by hazards occur when a worker could be struck by an object.
- Energy Released hazards occur when a worker is in the path of Released Hazardous Energy.