Whats Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are powerful learning tools in identifying and preventing workplace hazards. Thank you to Noel McCatty, Jr., our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for May. What is wrong with this picture?  A keen eye should reveal several potential problems.

Observation: Shovel handle replaced/modified using PVC piping.

Hazards: Struck by hazard, puncture wounds, broken bones, and other physical injuries.

Applicable Standard(s):
1926.300(a) Condition of tools. All hand and power tools and similar equipment, whether furnished by the employer or the employee, shall be maintained in a safe condition.

1926.301(a) Employers shall not issue or permit the use of unsafe hand tools.

1926.301(d) The wooden handles of tools shall be kept free of splinters or cracks and shall be kept tight in the tool.

Corrective Action: Brief/train employees on the safety hazard. Take shovel out of service. Add the safety requirement to the company safety checklist to reduce/prevent further occurrences.

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Noel McCatty, Jr.
Safety Consultant
USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program