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