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Safety Near Miss - Flag Entanglement

An employee who was attempting to free a large flag (20' x 38'), that had gotten entangled upon being lowered due to a wind advisory, was lifted off the ground by the force of the flag flapping in the strong winds as he was holding onto it. He was not injured, but the event is being classified as a safety near miss due to the potential of a serious injury.

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

Before beginning a task, evaluate the potential hazards and whether they can be adequately controlled. Preplan how all hazards are being addressed, and ensure everyone involved is clear on hazards and mitigation methods.If a task is potentially unsafe, call your supervisor for assistance.

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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