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Metal Duct Causes Injury

Metal Duct Causes Injury


The general contractor on a project had a laborer performing housekeeping duties on the mezzanine of a building where a HVAC sheet metal contractor had recently installed duct work.  The duct work was installed above the guard railing running parallel to the mezzanine’s outside edge at a height of 4.5 feet from the floor.  The duct run was stopped along an area of the mezzanine and left with a sharp exposed edge.  While cleaning around the duct, the laborer bent down to move a five gallon bucket, striking his face on the unprotected duct pipe.  He sustained a laceration to his right cheek and upper lip.

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

  1. Cover Exposed Pipe Ends.
  2. Always follow the Safe Plan of Action by identifying and marking all hazards the contractors are facing and hazards they may be creating for others. 
  3. If possible, install mechanical equipment at heights that will not expose personnel to potentially coming in contact with them.
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.


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

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