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Awareness of Surroundings Will Help Prevent Injury

Awareness of Surroundings Will Help Prevent Injury

A security officer was inspecting the undercarriage of a vehicle using an undercarriage mirror.  The vehicle being inspected was a semi truck and trailer transporting construction material to a project.  An undercarriage camera was used, but only scanned the front half of the semi resulting in the rear of the vehicle needing to be inspected manually.  While circling the rear of the vehicle and looking down at the mirror, the security officer struck his head on overhanging construction material resulting in a laceration.



Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings and work area while performing your job tasks.  Take the time to step back and look at your work area before beginning a task to identify potential hazards and ways to control the hazard.
  2. If an unsafe condition is identified, notify your supervisor or area safety representative to eliminate the unsafe condition or to have safety controls in place to protect employees.
  3. Make sure safety is part of written standard operating procedures.  Ways to isolate or protect employees from identified hazards should be included in the procedures.
  4. When using automated equipment, regular maintenance and/or calibrations need to be performed to ensure the equipment is working properly.
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
Contract Firm Management Rep Signature____________________

THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.


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(This Safety Flash has been previously issued and is to be used for reference purposes only)


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