Struck-by hazards are one of the OSHA FOCUS FOUR which are the top 4 causes of fatalities in the construction industry. A struck-by hazard is the potential for an incident in which a worker may be hit by an object, tool or equipment. Struck-by hazards are often caused by improper material and equipment handling, poor housekeeping and lack of training about site/equipment awareness.
Struck-by hazards can come from a variety of activities, work environments, and tasks, such as:
OSHA Standard 1926.102(a)(2) The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects.
Safety meetings on struck-by hazards are a must in the construction industry, but are also recommended for teams that work in warehouse or shops and for the manufacturing and distribution industries.
Cover these important points during any safety meeting covering struck-by hazards if they pertain to the working environment.
OSHA Standard 1926.451(h)(1) In addition to wearing hardhats each employee on a scaffold shall be provided with additional protection from falling hand tools, debris, and other small objects… When the falling objects are too large, heavy or massive to be contained or deflected… the employer shall place such potential falling objects away from the edge of the surface from which they could fall and shall secure those materials as necessary to prevent their falling.
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