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Contractor Injured While Cutting Wire



On June 13, 2006 a contractor was stripping the end of 200 pair wire. The wire contained a thin metal lining making the jacket difficult to cut.  As the contractor was stripping the wire with a utility type knife, the blade slipped and cut his left thumb.

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

  1. Body Position - Make sure you are cutting away from your body.
  2. Identify hazards and select proper tool for the job.
  3. Secure material.
  4. Be aware of tools made for specific tasks-Manufactures may produce tools made specifically for use with their product.
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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Disclaimer:  Pictures are used for visual reference only.  These pictures do not necessarily reflect the actual items discussed in this Safety Flash.


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