It is important to always remember that Line of Fire hazards are one of the most deadly hazards found in Manufacturing and Construction. Each year hundreds of workers are injured by Line of Fire accidents. Deaths from Line of Fire injuries number into the hundreds. Approximately 27% of work place deaths are related to Line of Fire accidents.
Line of Fire refers to those workers who put themselves in harm’s way by virtue of the type of work they do. This can occur in both manufacturing and construction. Line of Fire injuries can occur in the following areas.
- Heavy Equipment
- Hand and Power Tools
- Material handling
- Mobile Equipment
- Unsafe Behaviors
How Do I Avoid The Hazards?
- Execute the JSA Process and survey your work area for any potential hazards. For example, other workers working behind you could potentially expose you to the Line of Fire if they are cutting a piece of pipe that can strike you.
- Always wear hi-visibility clothing or vests so heavy equipment operators can see you. Never assume the operator can see you.
- Use spotters when moving loads that block the operators view.
- Lower loads, forks, buckets, and dumb beds when not in use.
- Wear hard hats at all times.
- Stack loads safely to avoid slipping, falling, or collapse.
- Use toe-boards or edge protection to control falling debris.
- Never work or walk under overhead loads.
- Barricade areas where overhead work is being done.
- Observe “Controlled Accessed Zones” around masonry wall construction.
At PLS, we not only want you to be thinking about Safety while you are at work but also want you to BRING IT HOME!!!!