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Safety Nugget Week of March 12 - Line of Fire Incident Prevention< Back to Blog

Mar 12, 2018
By: K. McCarley
Categories: Safety


One of the key elements of behavioral safety is to learn how to identify and avoid line of fire hazards.

What is “Line of Fire”? Line of Fire – Recognize and Avoid The line of fire is the path an object will travel should things go wrong. A few examples include; Cutting towards yourself Cutting towards yourself places your hand in the line of fire. Should the knife slip, your hand will be the next object it cuts. Placing yourself under suspended loads. Used tag lines to ensure there is enough distance between you and the load while still having control of it. Placing yourself in the path of a projectile. Pay attention to where you place your body.

Line of Fire hazards are one of the deadliest hazards found in Construction, second only to Slip, Trips and Falls. Line of Fire

Recognize and Avoid Heavy Equipment and Machinery Hand and Power Tools Material Handling Excavations Unsafe Behaviors

  • Never pull equipment or tools toward your face or body.
  • Perform a Job Safety Analysis(JSA) before beginning work to identify all the hazards.
  • Be aware of weather conditions that can put you in the line of fire. Winds may put you in the line of fire if materials are not secured properly.
  • If you are hoisting materials, barricade the area around the hoisting zone.
  • When working around equipment that is remote controlled or could potentially start up always lock and tag it out.
  • When working around mobile equipment make sure the operator knows you are there.
  • Never work around equipment with missing guards.
  • Never attempt to operate equipment that is locked or tagged out or remove the lock or tag.


Compiled by

Rudi Nieuwoudt

HSE Superintendent at Technip



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