Pinch Points – Safety Topic

Pinch Points – Safety Topic

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Pinch Point:

A pinch point is defined as any point where it is possible for a body part to be caught between something moving and something else moving or stationary. If a worker or any part of the worker’s body occupies that space during the pinching movement, there is a high probability of injuries such as fractures, amputations, or even death.

Prevent Pinch Points:

In order to prevent accidents involving pinch points the following must be instilled into our everyday job:

  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Identify possible pinch point hazards in your work area.
  • Concentrate on objects that move or capable of moving. Ask yourself, “What will
    happen if this moves? Will I be in the path of that movement? Am I in the line-of-fire?”.
  • Be aware of pinch points created by objects that move and come into direct or close contact with relatively fixed objects (e.g., equipment placed close to power pole or concrete wall, connex, or suspended loads near fixed or mobile equipment). Ask yourself, “If this load moves or shifts unexpectedly,will I be in the way?”.
  • Be on guard whenever you put your hands, fingers, toes, or feet “between” anything. Never do it if it is not at a zero-energy state with LOTO.
  • Discuss and point out pinch point hazards as part of the Job Briefing and at safety meetings.
  • Make sure your hands are placed where you can see them.
  • Never operate equipment or machinery without the required machine guards. Guards are designed to prevent contact with pinch points and points of operation.
  • Never place yourself or any part of your body in a potential pinch point area unless protective measures are provided for such activity. When reaching in to operate a control or reaching for an object, consider where your body parts are located. If it is within a pinch point, identify an alternative position or make sure all movable parts are fixed in place.
  • Identify possible pinch point hazards in your work area.
  • Always wear proper PPE including gloves and sturdy shoes.
  • Make sure clothing is properly fitted as to not get caught in machinery, moving parts, items that open/close, etc.

Adapted from: Occupational Safety, Health and Environment

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Be Pinch Point SAFE