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Concrete Finisher Injury

A concrete finisher was helping a co-worker get the drill bit started on his core drill. The employee (finisher) reached down to adjust the water flow to the bit with his left hand. The leather glove he was wearing was snagged by the set screw located on the chuck of the machine just above the bit. The rotation of the machine pulled the employee’s left arm into the rotating bit causing injuries to his left arm.

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

1.    Always make sure that when you operate any piece of machinery that you avoid putting any part of your body into a line of fire situation from the machine itself or from any material that you may be working with.

2.    Always inspect any machinery or tools prior to use to make sure that there are not any protruding or misaligned pieces that could cause you or a co-worker to be injured.

3.    Be mindful when working around rotating machinery of loose clothing, gloves, or other types of PPE that could become caught in or by the machinery causing injuries to the wearer.


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.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
If you have questions about this CONTRACTOR SAFETY FLASH, please contact [email protected]


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