Caught In Between
WHAT IS CAUGHT IN BETWEEN?
EXCAVATIONS – Sides could collapse; other equipment could fall into excavation
MACHINERY/EQUIPMENT – Check your guards, could your shirt, hand, arm or leg be caught or dragged in the moving part.
MATERIAL HANDLING – Loads can shift without warning.
How can you prevent this type of incident?
- Inspect excavations, tools, machinery, stored materials and loads before starting work task.
- Make sure all guards are in place.
- When working with other workers, tell them what you are doing. Watch each other before taking action.
- Look for pinch points, look for a way out, and never think it won’t happen to you.
- What should we be looking for when we inspect the work place?
- Need to be Benched, Sloped, or Shored.
- Must have access when excavation is 4 ft. or more in depth, within 25’ of walking distance within the trench.
- Soil piles need to be a minimum of 2 ft. away from the side of excavation and properly barricade around excavations.
- Look for guards make sure they are in place and secured.
- Check back up alarm, is the horn working, is the glass free of cracks and clean.
- Before working on equipment make sure to lockout/tag-out or block energy sources.
- Before picking up loads or moving loads make sure they are secured or stacked properly.
- Use proper rigging.
- Keep your hands and feet away from and in between the loads you are moving.