Cut Hand during Transite Panel Abatement

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  URS CH2M Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Work Management/Planning, Material Handling/Storage

Failure to recognize the potential for cut injuries led to a hand laceration requiring stitches because metal seaming tape was being removed by hand rather than with a tool.

An asbestos abatement crew was removing transite panels from the ceiling of the overhang of an abandoned building. A crew member was using his hands to pull on the metal tape strips used to cover the seam between overhead transite panels. Consistent with the Job Hazards Analysis, the employee was wearing leather work gloves over nitrile gloves (with a glove liner under the nitrile gloves). As the employee pulled on the tape, the tape hung-up against the wall causing the tape to slide in his gloved hand, cutting through the gloves and into his palm at the base of his index finger. The employee was taken to Health Services for evaluation and treatment. Three stitches were required to close the wound.

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