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