3WHAT’S AT STAKE Hear about people “In the wrong place at the wrong time”People who have been victims of crimeApplies to workers as well
4WHAT’S THE DANGER In the workplace Wrong place at the wrong time Being in the line of fireInjured or killed by your own actionsActions of another worker or even a stranger
5EXAMPLE Simplest example of a line of fire Holding a nail to get it startedMore serious examples:Spinning saw blade – hand is resting in the wrong placeStanding too close to a truck – crushed by unstable pipes
6EXAMPLE More serious examples: Mobile machinery operator’s blind spot – caught between moving vehicle and a wallCaught under an elevated load – lets loose when a sling breaksToo close to a crane or excavator – contacts a high voltage power line
7HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Before starting a jobLook around for any potential hazardsWhat could possibly go wrongWhat could happen to youHit by welding sparks?Operating a forklift too quickly?
8HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Standing below an elevated area?Knock a heavy object offStanding in the way of a closed doorKnocked off laddersProp the door openPost a warning sign
9HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Other line of fire hazards:Standing too closeWorker who is wielding a toolSledge hammer or a large wrenchHead could fly offWrench could slip offDon’t stand in its path
10HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Other line of fire hazards:Standing too close to materials secured by steel bandsUnder tremendous pressureOne of these bands is cutWhip around and inflict serious injuryPadded clothing, a hardhat, safety shoes and safety glassesCut the one farthest away firstStand well back while releasing straps
11HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Other line of fire hazards:Working on machineryEnergy sources have been safely shut downHazardous energy sources:ElectricityHydraulicPneumaticMechanical (spring)Chemical and thermalGravityLocked and tagged out by an authorized person
12A busy workplace is no place to daydream. Final WordA busy workplace is no place to daydream.Stay aware of your surroundings, think of how you might be in the line of fire and step away from the danger.