Line of Fire
Avoiding Line of Fire Incidents
The best way to avoid line of fire incidents is to eliminate the hazards that cause these incidents whenever possible. By totally eliminating the hazards there is no chance that you or anyone else in the work area can be injured by that hazard.
When elimination is not possible, engineering controls are the next best choice in protecting yourself from line of fire incidents. Some engineering controls that could protect you from line of fire incidents include physical barriers, guarding around moving parts, and toe boards on elevated work platforms to prevent objects from falling to the area below. There are many other possible engineering controls that could be used depending on the specific hazard.
Total elimination of hazards is not always possible and engineering controls may not be feasible or they can fail. Because of this reality, it is important to decrease your chance of being a victim of line of fire injuries by not putting yourself in harm’s way in the first place. Understand the work tasks that are going on around you and the associated hazards. Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen or what will happen if a certain safeguard fails. Recognize line of fire hazards and act accordingly.