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. Last week we had an individual suffer a minor injury as he was throwing some duct work into the trash. When he tossed it, the edge of the duct work scratched his forearm. Line of Fire injuries can occur in the following areas.

Target Areas

  • Heavy Equipment
  • Machinery
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Material handling
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Excavations
  • Unsafe Behaviors

Today, we are going to focus in on Lacerations due to Material Handling.

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.
  • Have you identified all sharp objects and eliminated the possibility of injury?
  • Is additional PPE required such as kevlar sleeves. Remember, at PLS you are required to wear kevlar sleeves for any demo work or material handling where the potential for lacerations are possible.
  • Have you asked yourself if the controls you have in place are enough??

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!!!!

Thank you all for working SAFE!