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On a fall day in the Pacific Northwest a bulldozer operator exited his machine to work on a sweep arm pin on the dozer blade.

Personal Characteristics

The operator’s experience and training are unknown.

Unsafe Acts and Conditions

The bulldozer operator was not wearing protective eyewear.

Accident and Injury

The operator hit the sweep arm pin with a hammer, and two steel shards broke off from the pin. One missed the operator. However, the other shard lodged in his left eye. He called a co-worker for assistance, and he was transported to a hospital for emergency treatment.

His recovery time and return to work are unknown.

Recommendations for Correction

Workers often take everyday activities for granted. Do a proper assessment of what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed prior to performing any work. What are the hazards? What are the risks?

Among other tasks, protective eyewear should also be worn anytime a worker is:

  • Cutting
  • Welding
  • Hammering
  • Chiseling
  • Spraying
  • Working in an environment involving airborne debris

(Source: Forest Resources Association. To access this and other Safety Alerts, visit and click on Resources.)

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