Toolbox talk on struck-by hazard

struck by hazard toolbox talk

struck by hazard toolbox talk

Each day, construction workers are hit by hazards. These hazards include vehicles, wood, tools, work materials, etc. And it’s called a “struck-by hazard” in the construction industry. 

Struck-by injuries accounted for nearly one in five construction workplace fatalities. 

However, there are many laws and regulations designed to protect workers from having a struck-by hazard, it has been the management’s responsibility to ensure that those laws are maintained to provide a safe working environment for the employees. 

This toolbox talk will give us a view of what to do in this regard.

Struck by hazard; What are you to do to maintain safety today?

Lifting and rigging operations.

  • Use tagline during lifting and rigging operations to control and manoeuvre the loads.
  • Ensure even distribution of loads, and secure them properly before the lifting operations. 
  • Do not stand under any suspended load. 
  • Do not allow a load to fly over your head during lifting operations.
  • Inspect cranes and other lifting accessories and ensure they are in good condition.  
  • Do not exceed the safe lifting capacity of the lifting equipment or any of the accessories.  

Falling objects from heights:

  • Do not stack materials closer to the roof edges as this likely falls. 
  • If there is a need to stack materials closer to the edges, please secure them and make them stable and self-supporting. 
  • Ensure there is a proper stacking of materials on site. 
  • Provide a guardrail system at every edge of a work platform. Ensure there is a top rail, mid-rail and toe board to prevent the fall of materials and persons.
  • Ensure there is a box or bag for your hand tools when climbing at height or when at height doing a job. The toolbox to carry tools like hammer, nails, spanner etc. 
  • Introduce debris nets to catch falling objects from height. 

Scaffolding activity.

  • Provision of overhead protection for all workers working where there are overhead hazards during scaffolding. 
  • Hoisting of loads unto a scaffold must have a tag line to control the load. 
  • All scaffolds or platforms have to carry toe boards to prevent material fall from height.


  • Do not place any load near the edges of an excavation.
  • Do not park vehicles or equipment near the excavation edge.
  • Stand away from any vehicle or a digging machine used to lift a load during excavation. 

Personal protective equipment. 

  • Make provisions for personal protective equipment such as hard hats, and safety boots. 

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