Pinch Point (KV83)

 

What Happened?

February 27, 2017, an employee was sanitizing an RPC dipping tank when his right hand got caught in a moving conveyor. When his hand got caught in the pinch point it caused an abrasion on his right arm. He was hospitalized and received treatment.

Contributing Factors

A 2-Minute Drill would have captured the hazard of the pinch point and told him to de-energize the conveyor.  

What Can We Learn?

Tools

Lockout-Tagout Procedures were available, but not followed.

A Questioning Attitude would have made him consider the possibility of getting his hand caught in the conveyor.

Traps

Overconfidence caused him to feel he could perform this task next to a moving conveyor without contact.  

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?