Horseplay on the Jobsite.ppt by shenreng9qgrg132


What is Horseplay?
   When an individual
    lacks focus on their
    current tasks and
    starts goofing around
   Engaging in a playful
    manner that usually
    disregards all safety
Horseplay Examples
   The following examples were from a tool box talk:
      Distracting a worker who is performing a job.

      Startling your fellow worker.

      Playing tricks on young or new workers. They may
       become confused to the point where they injure
       themselves or someone else.
      Wresting, Indian style or tag team. Wrestling matches
       can be held after working hours, not on the jobsite.
      Showing off with feats of strength. May drop
       something or someone.

    Source: Caterpillar Safety Toolbox Talk
How is it Reported?
   OSHA Reporting Requirements specify that all
    injuries sustained from horseplay are reported
    under the injury sustained. There is no ‘horseplay’

       Example: Two workers were slap-boxing on a roof. One
        worker stepped off the roof and sustained a fall injury. The
        injury was then reported as a fall.
   A total of three deaths can be linked
    specifically to horseplay through the OSHA
    Fatalities from 1990 to 2007
   However, it is important to note that
    horseplay can be the root cause of many
    deaths due to the employee having been
    distracted from the current task.
Known Horseplay Fatalities
            Employee was standing on tractor battery box
             playing with the controls
            Driver warned the employee stop ‘horse playing’
             and to get off the tractor
            Employee while playing with the controls put
             tractor into reverse and lost his balance.
            Employee was then crushed when he fell
             underneath the wheel after losing balance.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fatalities cont’d
 Victim reported as “playing” on scaffolding 4’ high
 Standing on a cantilevered plank the victim lost
  balance and fell hitting the cross braces.
 Suffered fatal internal injuries from the fall

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fatalities cont’d
      Employee was elevated approximately 20 feet above
       the ground on the forks of a Yale forklift
      He was crushed between a concrete overhang and the
       load backrest of the lift. According to several
       eyewitnesses he and his coworker, who was operating
       the forklift, were "horsing" around when the accident

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fatalities cont’d
 Employee #1 & #2 were working next to a lake.
  Employee #1 bet #2 that he could not swim
  across the lake.
 Employee #2 took the bet and began to swim
  across. Became exhausted and went below the
 Employee #1 went in to help save him, both men
  were drowned.
Importance of No Horseplay
      Workplace fatalities that occur on road construction sites
       typically account for 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent of all
       workplace fatalities annually.
      Although these fatalities are not known to be directly related
       to ‘horseplay’, the dangers of the jobsite can be clearly seen.
       These dangers do not need to be exacerbated with
       employees engaging in ‘horseplay’

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Road Construction Fatalities
      Without ‘horseplay’ on the jobsite there were a
       total of 844 workers killed on road construction
       sites from 1995 to 2002.
      More than half of these fatalities were attributable
       to a worker being struck by a vehicle or mobile

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Prevention can Save Lives
   Taking actions against horseplay can help
    reduce injuries or even fatalities on the
   The important thing to remember is that it is
    ’better to be safe than sorry’
Prevention Methods
   Take every task and job serious when
    working in any environment
   Do not distract or startle someone who is at
   Stop it or report it. If you see horseplay, try
    to stop it. If not responding then report it to
    your supervisor. This could save a life.
Prevention Methods
   Work defensively. Be aware of how unsafe acts
    cause danger to all employees on the jobsite.
   Explain to fellow co-workers the seriousness of
    someone being injured horseplay and not paying
   Management setting the example. It is imperative
    that management establish a ‘no horseplay’ policy
    and follow through on it.
Source: New York State Insurance Fund,


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