Line of Fire - Hand Injury


What Happened?

Maintenance Mechanic received an injury to the middle finger on his left hand while moving an oak timber. At the time of the event, the Mechanic was in the process of moving oak timbers that had been used as cribbing while working on a pump. While lifting one end of the 14 foot long oak timber and moving it into place, the Mechanic pinched his finger between the oak timber and metal ribbing on the pump head. He was wearing leather work gloves while handling the timber. He was transported off-site for medical treatment and five stitches were required to close the wound.

Contributing Factors

Lack of procedure or work plan for moving timbers safely.

What Can We Learn?


A Questioning Attitude could have been used to identify the possibility of his hand getting caught in a pinch point, and look for ways to move the timber without exposure to the pinch point.


Overconfidence caused him to overestimate the level of protection of his leather gloves and to discount the need to find a different way to move the timbers.

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?