Safety Tip: Struck by an Object

Contact with Objects Safety Tips.

Employers have a duty to ensure a safe work environment for employees. Complying with OSHA rules by making safety a top priority which includes safety training. It is also the responsibility of the employee to stay safe and follow proper safety procedures. 

There are always multiple things that are competing for our attention every day and the lack of attention to the current task can lead to tragedy, especially in riskier situations. One of the leading causes is contact with objects. Any object that falls, rolls, flies, or slides can do serious damage to a person. Workers in agriculture, construction and manufacturing have the most risk while firefighters, police, transportation employees and office workers all have contact with object as their top three causes for death or injury.

There are many reasons these accidents happen and they can all be prevented for example: being distracted, faulty equipment, lack of proper training, improper behavior, and lack of workplace assessments. Here are some tips by the NSC to help prevent injury from contact.

  • Check vehicles before use to make sure they are in safe operating condition
  • Securely and neatly store loose materials
  • Secure items that are stored at a height
  • Store heavy objects close to the floor
  • Open one filing cabinet drawer at a time to prevent a tip-over
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment for your environment, such as steel-toed shoes and a hard hat
  • Always walk behind moving equipment if possible
  • Never obstruct your vision by overloading moving equipment
  • Only operate equipment you are properly trained to use
  • Make sure all safety devices on your equipment are in good working order before use
  • Use extra caution around corners and near doorways
  • When large equipment is being operated, always make eye contact with the operator before approaching
  • Secure all loads and lift them evenly to prevent them from slipping

Always make sure that all employees are wearing the proper personnel protective equipment so help with minimizing the chances of these events occurring.

Thank you to the NSC (National Safety Council) for their safety article about Contact with Objects.