Mechanical Hazard

Mechanical hazards are created by the powered operation of apparatus or tools.  The applied power may be machine-generated or human.

A person may be harmed as a results of:

  • contact or entanglement with machinery or equipment
  • crushing between a moving part of the machinery or equipment
  • being struck by ejected parts of the machinery or equipment

Mechanical hazards can also be categorised according to the type of injury caused:

  • crushing
  • shearing
  • cutting and severing
  • entaglement
  • drawing-in or trapping
  • impact
  • stabbing and puncture
  • friction and abrasion
  • high-pressure fluid injection