An employee was installing guardrail around a mechanical shaft opening using 2x4’s and “slab grabbers.” The employee was using a circular saw to cut the wood the length. As the employee was cutting a piece; the saw kicked-back, fell out of his hand, and landed on the floor below (2nd floor to 1st floor). The area below was not barricaded to prevent other employees from entering the drop zone. No employees were hurt during the incident.
Factors to consider at your site or on your project include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Use a stable cutting surface and secure material
- Utilize the provided handles on tools to ensure grip
- Barricade areas under exposed shaft openings
- Measure and cut materials prior to installation
- Tether tools to prevent drops to lower levels
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.
Think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.