Seasonal changes mean clothing changes – and new hazards

by on March 24, 2015 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

An Ohio bowling alley worker was recently killed when his hooded sweatshirt got caught in a pinsetting machine. The 53-year-old husband, father and grandfather suffocated before co-workers could save him. OSHA has fined the company $45,000 for machine-guarding problems.

One take-home lesson concerns not just guarding machines, but loose clothing. A hood is behind a worker and can’t be seen, and the worker can easily forget it – until it catches on something. Coupled with rotating equipment, hoods represent serious safety hazards.

With spring’s change in temperature on the way, workers may not be bundled up as tight, and they may be bundled and realize they need to loosen their clothing a bit. A safety talk reviewing loose-clothing training, especially around rotating equipment, may be in order.

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