Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the United States. According to OSHA, construction safety is one of their top concerns. OSHA has found 4 top areas of fatalities in construction including electrocutions, falls, caught-in hazards and struck-by hazards. Struck-by hazards also include falling objects.
OSHA defines a struck-by hazard as forcible contact or impact between a person and an object or piece of equipment.
OSHA Standard 1926.303(c)(9) All employees using abrasive wheels shall be protected by eye protection equipment…
Construction work creates a lot of potential for flying objects, airborne debris, or stray particles from work such as drilling, grinding, or demolition.
Workers should be aware of potential swinging objects. Cranes, derricks, and the swing loads of heavy equipment could pose a struck-by hazard.
OSHA Standard 1926.1424(a)(2)(i) [the employer must] train each employee assigned to work on or near the equipment in how to recognize struck-by and pinch/crush hazard areas…
Multi-level construction projects, telecommunications work, or the use of scaffolding are all common environments that have the potential for falling objects.
When workers are on a walking/working surface below a work area, they must be protected from falling objects that may cause injury.
OSHA Standard 1926.502(j)(1) Toeboards, when used as falling object protection, shall be erected along the edge of the overhead walking/working surface for a distance sufficient to protect employees below.
Stacked material may pose potential struck-by hazards, especially if they are not secured properly or have the potential to roll.
OSHA Standard 1926.250(a)(1) All materials stored in tiers shall be stacked, racked, blocked, interlocked, or otherwise secured to prevent sliding, falling or collapse.
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