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Work Around Process Pipe Saddle

Work Around Process Pipe Saddle Causes OSHA Recordable Incident


Picture 2

Picture 1

Workers were recently prepping process piping for paint work.  The work involved masking and taping of process piping prior to the painting of surrounding pipe. 


The worker removed their PPE (gloves) to manipulate the masking tape and visqueen around a pipe.  As the worker reached around the pipe, they cut their finger on the edge of a pipe saddle. 


The cut was not severe, however due to the location of the cut on the workers finger, the cut required stitches to close the wound.  The use of stitches required the incident to be recorded as an OSHA recordable.


Looking at picture #1, the hazard/s from ground level cannot be clearly seen.  Picture #2 shows a closer view (at working level) of the piping giving a clearer view of the pipe saddle edge.


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

1.      If you have to remove your PPE to complete any work, the work should be stopped and reviewed with a supervisor for alternative work methods or alternative PPE or work methods prior to proceeding.

2.      All work should be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated during the safe to work permit process (SWP) for all potential hazards including but not limited to: dropped ceiling grids, all-thread pipe, cable trays, pipe saddles, etc.

3.      It is evident from the pictures above that conditions can be different or even change once the work is started.  If this happens, work should be reevaluated against the safe to work permit.


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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