Work Around Process Pipe Saddle Causes OSHA Recordable Incident
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.