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Danger Zone

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Definition – What does Danger Zone mean?

A danger zone is a place near any machine or piece of equipment where a person may be hit by the machine, be caught in between two moving parts or material and a moving part of the machine, be hit and fall from heights, be burned by hot materials, or receive an electric shock. Danger zones are typically established on construction sites and in road construction areas.

HSSE WORLD explains Danger Zone

Danger zones are to be marked clearly and made visible to individuals in the area. They should be guarded and brought under positive administrative controls to reduce the risks associated with falls, struck-by hazards, caught between hazards, heat burns and electrical shocks in the workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also requires safe standard operation procedures for machines, machine guarding, LOCKOUT/TAGOUT procedures and access control to the danger zones.

Danger zones are established in construction areas to prevent slips, trips, and falls, struck-by hazards, caught between hazards and electrocutions. Road construction areas require additional precautions to save workers and users from meeting any danger in these particular areas due to the increased volume of hazards.

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