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Work Around Process Pipe Saddle Causes Incident

Work Around Process

Pipe Saddle Causes Incident


Picture 2

Picture 1

Painters were recently prepping process pipes to paint.  The prepping involved masking and taping of the pipes. 


The painters removed their PPE (gloves) to manipulate the masking tape and visqueen around a pipe.  When a painter reached around a pipe, the painter came in contact with the edge of a pipe saddle resulting in a lacerated finger.  Due to the location of the laceration on the painter’s finger, the cut required stitches to close the wound. 


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

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

  1. If PPE is removed to complete any work, the work should be stopped and reviewed for alternative work methods or alternative PPE prior to proceeding.
  2. Pre-planning of all work should include a thorough reviewed of the work area and tasks to be performed for all potential hazards.  If hazards are identified, steps should be implemented to remove, isolate, and/or control the hazards to protect the work force.
  3. If work conditions change or new hazards are identified during the job, the job should be stopped and reevaluated for additional control measures to protect the workers.
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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