Pinch point conditions are one of the most difficult hazards to guard against and at times can be some of the hardest to identify. Some pinch points are obvious, such as exposed couplings or gears on machinery. Other times changing conditions on a job, such as using a different tool or changing body position can inadvertently create pinch points and unforeseen hazards. Pinch points are a leading cause of workplace injury.
How can you avoid pinch points?
– Take your time when working
– Identify changing job conditions on your JSA and plan to mitigate them accordingly
– Use the right tool for the job
– Stop unsafe work
– Speak up if you see someone creating a hazard they may not be aware of