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The Citation

Today’s podcast will feature one company who paid nearly $10,000 for unguarded belt drives on air compressors mounted 7 feet in the air. According to OSHA, “all exposed parts of machinery 7 feet or less from the floor, or working platform, shall be protected by a stationary casing to enclose the moving parts that create pinch points.”

As a special bonus to all our OSHA Oops viewers, we also answer the important question posed by many, “What did Michael and Rick look like with hair?”


Pinch Points

A pinch point injury on the job can be seriously disabling and can cause amputation or even death. Pinch points can occur anywhere a part of the body can get caught between two objects. This hazard is everywhere in the workplace.

Where do pinch points occur?

  • Any place where equipment is transmitting energy, there is a pinch point.
  • Rollers
  • Belts
  • Heavy Steel Doors
  • Extension Ladders
  • Gears
  • Full Revolution Presses
  • Punch Presses
  • Heavy Objects that are close together
  • Doorways or drawers
  • Machinery or tools with oscillating or reciprocating parts

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