Pinch points are places where a body part or a piece of clothing can get caught up in machinery, between equipment or between a lid and a container when closing. Pinch point injuries can be very serious, resulting in the loss of limbs or even death.

Guards are placed on machinery to prevent coming into contact with pinch points. Never remove a guard or reach around, over or under a guard. A guard that is missing should be reported immediately.

Be aware of any machinery that can start up or move without your knowledge. To the best of your ability, keep your hands well away from any moving machinery parts. If it becomes necessary to get close to moving parts in order to clear a blockage or make other repairs, be sure to turn the machine off and lock off the energy controls first.

Before you begin a job, check for any potential pinch points. Specifically, check to see if you can identify any areas where clothing or body parts can get caught up. Consciously avoid these areas when working. Give your full attention to the task at hand. A lapse in concentration, even for a second, can result in a pinch point injury.