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Head Laceration on a Drain

 A craftsman was working on the 4th floor bathroom installing sink drains.  The craftsman was under the sink counter installing the down tube from the sink.  During the installation the craftsman needed some additional materials, as the craftsman was raising up to get out from under the counter the sink down tube knocked his hard hat off.  While moving around to retrieve his hard hat the craftsman hit his head on the down tube causing an small laceration on the top-back of the craftsmen's head. 

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

  1. Evaluate the need for alternate Personal Protective Equipment.  If a hardhat won’t fit in the area that you are working in, check the feasibility of a bump cap for example.
  2. Check the work area before starting tasks to identify items that could be struck during work.

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.

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