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| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. When slings fail catastrophically, it’s often traced to the use of an unapproved fastener. Makeshift links or fasteners can significantly increase the risk of near-misses, injury, or death at a job site. Thank you to Luis Silva, our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for January.

Findings:

An alloy steel chain sling was discovered on a job site with an unapproved fastener.

Standard:

1910.184(e)(2) – Makeshift links or fasteners formed from bolts or rods, or other such attachments, shall not be used on alloy steel chain slings.

Hazards:

This serious hazardous condition can result in serious injuries, sprains, strains, contusions and fractures, and other crushing injuries from falling loads due to chain sling failure.

Corrective Actions:

To prevent this and all hazards in the future, train employees on alloy steel chain sling inspection requirements, proper use and maintenance.  Additionally, a system of regular in-house inspections of all work practices, equipment, work processes, and safe worker behavior is an excellent tool to identify hazards, correct them promptly, and, most importantly, prevent hazards and serious injuries.  The effectiveness of regular self-inspections can improve with additional formal safety training and awareness training as new hazards are discovered.    

Communicating the results of inspections to employees and allowing the safety committee or safety team members to perform regular facility inspections is a valuable tool to increase employee participation and employee awareness. The USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program provides confidential, on-site hazard assessments at no-cost. For more information or request a consultation, visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com or call us at (813) 974-9962.