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Sheet Metal Worker - Hand Injury



A sheet metal worker was working with a maintenance employee from another company; they were installing modified vent lines on a blender. The work area was hot (>90 Deg. F), the workers were wearing PPE to include a Bullard Hood with PAPR, Tyvek Lab Coats, and Leather Gloves. The PPE made it difficult to see, move, and communicate. The final part of completing the job involved cutting a vent hose to length. The workers were using a retractable blade utility knife to make the cut. As the blade made the last cut through the ¼” thick corrugated hose both workers moved toward each other and the sheet metal worker was struck on the back of the hand causing a small laceration.

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

  1. Before beginning a job that may place you and or any co-workers in a difficult or awkward position, have a discussion regarding what hazards may arise and what your strategies are going to be to avoid injury. Pre-planning can be a vital part of preventing injuries.
  2. Always make sure that you are using the best tools to complete any job, this can also be an important part of your pre-planning discussion.
  3. Always use proper PPE when performing any task, in this case the leather glove that the sheet metal worker was wearing prevented the injury to his left hand from being much worse than it was.
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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