Pinch Points Safety Training
- Workplace Injuries May Occur When a Body Part Gets Caught in a Pinch Point
- A pinch point is a place where it’s possible for a body part to be caught:
- Between moving machine parts
- Between moving and stationary machine parts
- Between moving parts and materials being processed or manufactured
- Other pinch point situations, not covered by these OSHA regulations, include:
- Catching fingers, hands, toes, or feet under or between heavy crates or equipment or drums while moving them
- Slamming fingers or hands in a door
- Nipping fingers or hands with hand tools like pliers
- Nipping fingers or hands with equipment that has sliding parts or hinges
- Nipping fingers or hands while closing a container
- Getting clothing or jewelry tangled in a pinch point
- Machine and Tool Guards Prevent Pinch Point Injuries
- On machines such as presses and rollers, OSHA requires guards to act as barriers between body parts and pinch points.
- Many tools also have guards to keep your body away from pinch points.
- Never remove or disable a machine guard or use a machine that has a missing or disabled guard.
- Never reach around, under, or through a guard.
- Report guards that are missing or not working properly.
- Switch Off and Lockout/Tagout Equipment before Repairing or Servicing
- A machine that starts up or moves accidentally can trap a hand or other body part in a pinch point. If you must place your hands near pinch points to repair, service, unjam, or adjust equipment:
- Turn off the machine.
- Have an authorized employee properly lock or tag out the energy controls.
- Perform the needed work.
- Have an authorized employee properly remove the lock or tag before you use the equipment.
- Look for Possible Pinch Points before Starting Any Task
- Check the equipment you’re going to use to see where a body part could get caught.
- Plan the task to prevent pinch point injuries.
- Lift, Carry, and Place Containers and Equipment Carefully
- Lift the edge of a heavy item slightly before picking it up to get an idea of its weight.
- An item that’s too heavy or awkward to carry can slip and trap hands or feet in a pinch point.
- Get help or use material handling aids to move heavy or awkward items.
- When placing a heavy item on a shelf, pallet, floor, etc.: a. Make sure there’s enough room so it won’t land on your feet b. Slide the item into place, while moving feet and hands out of the way
- Give Even the Smallest Task Your Full Attention
- Pinch point injuries from doors, hinges, container lids, etc. usually occur when you’re distracted.
- Concentrate on what you’re doing at all times on the job.
- Don’t fool around or daydream at work.