“Pinch points” exist in any mechanical device that, in its operation, might pose a risk of injury to body parts. A pinch point is defined as any point where it is possible for a body part to be caught between moving and stationary portions of equipment. If a person or body part occupies that space during the pinching movement, there is a high probability of injuries such as fractures, amputations, or even death.
Potential pinch points are widespread. The most common are doors and doorways. The pinch point is created when the door closes. For example, injuries occur when fingers or hands are caught in the pinch point between locomotive cab doors and the cab. Another common pinch point occurs when materials such as ties are unloaded with a truck crane or similar equipment. Injuries occur when employees place their hands on the material being unloaded or when hands and fingers are caught as the materials settle into place.
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