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Metal Stud Causes Injury

Metal Stud Causes Injury

A carpenter sustained a laceration to the left hand beneath the thumb area. The employee was in the process of installing metal studs. The employee was wearing gloves. Another employee was installing top metal tracking on the floor just above the injured employee with the metal studs. The employee on the upper floor secured the metal tracking with one screw and while turning around to adjust his retractable, because it had locked him in place, he let go of the tracking. The tracking was not adequately secured with the other hand and it fell between the scaffolding and the wall to the next level below, where it struck the injured employee on his left hand, causing a laceration. The employee was sent immediately to the first aid nurse and then to the clinic. He was examined, given a tetanus shot, and received eleven stitches.

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

  1. Planning- Always go overthe daily tasks that are to be performed each day. They should be gone over with step-by-step, with the employees addressing the hazards associated with those tasks and the measures to protect the employees from those said hazards. This is also known as a Task Specific Safety Plan.
  2. Body positioning- Always be aware of your work surroundings and your fellow co-workers. Make sure you are not working over one another.
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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