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1 Job Hazard/Safety Analysis For the Grounds Keeper 1

2 INTRODUCTION Job Hazard/Safety Analysis for the Grounds Keeper is a partial list of known task performed by the professional grounds worker. We have placed task in alphabetical order and in a table format, listing each in a step-by-step sequence followed by the potential hazard and a recommended action or procedure. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is subject to modification. Additional comments may be added as more information becomes available. If you are asked to perform an occasional task, not listed with your job title, you can look up an individual task by returning to our Job Safety Analysis page and check the pulldown menu for Job Task. 2

3 APHABETICAL LIST OF TASK Page Air Compressor 4 ATV- 4 Wheeler 5 Auger (Posthole) 6 Battery Charger Bench Grinder Brush Hog Mower (Attachment) Brush Mower (Trimmer) Chain Hoist 11 Chemicals (Pouring Handling) 12 Cutoff Saw 13 Ditchwitch Trencher 14 Drill Press 15 Driving 16 Drum Handling (30-55 Gal.) 17 Forklift 18 Fuel Transfer Pump 19 Hand Held Portable Power Tools 20 High Pressure Washer (Gas Powered) 21 Hoist (Electric/Manual) Slings 22 Jack Stands, Manual Lawn Mower/Trimmer (Gas Powered) Lifting/Carrying Objects 25 Pallet Jack & Dolly (Hydraulic) 26 Plate Compactor 27 Portable Generator (Gas Powered) 28 Portable Heater (Electric Powered) 29 Portable Heater (Gas Powered) 30 Shop Vac(s) Snow Plower (Gas Powered) Snow Shoveling Tractor Vise Weed/Brush Trimmer (Hand held)

4 Hazard Analysis: Air Compressor Shutdown and Isolate Unit Unit Activation during repair Auto start and/or human error Lockout/Tagout Routine Maintenance /Repair Routine Operation Noise Equipment Operation Hearing Protection Hand Injury Confined work areas, sharp edges Gloves Eye Injury Residual air pressure Goggles, safety glasses with side shields Electric Shock Improper operation and maintenance Manufacturer s instructions strictly followed, lock-out/tagout Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Eye Injury Blowing debris safety glasses w/side shields or goggles Goggles/Safety Glasses with side shield Hearing Protection Gloves Hazard Analysis: Air Compressor, Portable, Electric Routine Maintenance /Repair Routine Operation Electric Shock Improper operation and maintenance Unplug electrical cord and retain control of plug during repair/maintenance Noise Equipment operation hearing protection Trauma Eye Injury Improper use, uncontrolled release of compressed air Projectiles, flying debris appropriate nozzle for specific work activity, situational awareness Goggles or safety glasses with side shields Goggles or Safety glasses with side shield Hearing Protection 4

5 Hazard Analysis: ATV 4-Wheeler Routine Maintenan ce/repair Routine Operation Hand Injury Confined work areas, sharp edges/objects, rotating parts Gloves, situational awareness Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot, Wear safety shoes object drops on foot Trauma Rotating parts Situational awareness, appropriate clothing Muscle/Ligam ent Strain Awkward working positions Position body to avoid strains, take appropriate breaks Eye Injury Flying Particles Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shields Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Head Injury Fall from 4-Wheeler, accident Wear helmet Helmet Safety glasses, goggles or helmet face shield Gloves Hearing Protection Safety Shoes/boots protective clothing (optional) 5

6 Hazard Analysis: Auger (Post Hole), Gasoline Powered Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation, exhaust fumes Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles Trauma Projectiles, point of operation, flying debris & sparks, improper use and operation, loose clothing becoming entangled Situational awareness, PPE, machine guards, Manufacturer s instructions followed, do not wear loose clothing Noise Engine Ear plugs/ear muffs Foot Injury Hand Injury Drop object on foot, impact of auger Point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying debris and sparks Safety shoes Gloves, machine guards, situational awareness Fire Sparks Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation, exhaust fumes Gloves (leather) Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shield disposable respirator (optional) Safety Shoes/boots Hearing Protection Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators 6

7 Hazard Analysis: Battery Charger Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Trauma (Burns) Batty acid spills Goggles, apron, gloves, proper battery handling procedures Eye Injury Battery acid splashes Goggles, appropriate battery handling procedures Electrical Shock Improper operation and maintenance, battery condition Lockout/tagout, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed Fire Sparks, improper storage of flammables, combustibles Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards Explosion Spark/poor ventilation, smoking, improper procedures from machine area Adequate ventilation, no smoking, follow manufacturer s instructions Apron Gloves Safety Shoes/Boots Goggles 7

8 Hazard Analysis: Bench Grinder Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles Trauma Projectiles Situational awareness, PPE, protective clothing, machine guards Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Hand Injury Impact, penetration, Gloves, situational awareness compression Head Projectiles Face Shield Protection Fire Heat, sparks Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from grinding/buffing area Electrical Shock Improper grounding, Improper operations and maintenance Lockout/tagout, proper grounding of frame, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed protective Clothing (optional) Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shield Face Shield Safety Shoes/Boots disposable Respirators (optional) Gloves 8

9 Hazard Analysis: Brush hog Mower, Tractor Attachment Eye Injury Flying debris Safety glasses, face shield Trauma Flying debris, Rotating parts, Burns protective clothing, situational awareness, appropriate guards in place Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot Safety shoes Noise Equipment Operation Hearing protection Safety Glasses Face Shield protective Clothing (optional) Hearing Protection 9

10 Hazard Analysis: Brush Mower/Trimmer, Gasoline Powered Eye Injury Flying debris Safety glasses, face shield Trauma Flying debris, Rotating parts, Burns protective clothing, situational awareness, appropriate guards in place Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot Safety shoes Noise Equipment Operation Hearing protection Safety Glasses Face Shield protective Clothing (optional) Hearing Protection Safety shoes 10

11 Hazard Analysis: Chain Hoist Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear Safety shoes Hand Injury Impact, burns Gloves, Situational awareness Head Swinging chain/hoisted Hard hat Protection equipment Gloves Safety Shoes/Boots Hard 11

12 Hazard Analysis: Chemicals (Pouring/Handling) Eye Injury Splash, fumes Goggles Contact irritation, burn or absorption Splash, skin contact Gloves (appropriate type for chemical), apron (if necessary), long sleeves Inhalation Breathing fumes Wear respirator if needed Face Splash Wear Face Shield (if necessary) Goggles Gloves protective Clothing (apron) Respirator (as needed) Face shield (if necessary) 12

13 Hazard Analysis: Cutoff Saw Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators, automatic vacuum machine Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield Trauma Projectiles, rotating parts, point of operation, ingoing nip joints, flying chips & sparks Foot Injury Drop object on foot Safety shoes Hand Injury Point of Operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks or appropriate safety goggles Situational awareness, PPE, protective clothing, machine guards Machine guards, situational awareness Head Projectiles Face Shield Protection Fire Heat, sparks Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from area Electrical Shock Improper grounding, improper operations and maintenance Lockout/tagout, proper grounding of frame, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed Safety Shoes/Boots Safety glasses/goggles Face Shield (optional) disposable Respirators (optional) Hearing Protection 13

14 Hazard Analysis: Ditchwitch Trencher Routine Maintenanc e/repair Routine Operation Hand Injury Confined work areas, sharp edges/objects, rotating parts Gloves, situational awareness Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot, object Wear safety shoes drops on foot Trauma Rotating parts Situational awareness, appropriate clothing Eye Injury Flying particles Safety glasses Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Head Injury Bump head, objects fall on head Wear hard hat (as necessary) Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot, object Wear safety shoes drops on foot Hand Injury Sharp edges/objects Wear Gloves Protective Clothing Safety Shoes/Boots Safety Glasses Hard Gloves Hearing Protection 14

15 Hazard Analysis: Drill Press Inhalation Electrical Shock Sparks, friction Eye Injury Filings/particles generated during machine operation Improper grounding, improper operations and maintenance Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators Trauma Projectiles, flying sparks Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles situational awareness Foot Injury Projectiles, rotating parts, point Wear safety shoes of operation, ingoing nip points, flying chips & sparks Hand Injury Drop object on foot Gloves (optional), machine Head Protection Point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips & sparks guards, situational awareness Face shield (if necessary) Fire Projectiles Proper grounding of frame, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed. Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards Protective Clothing (optional) Safety Shoes/Boots Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shield disposable Respirators (optional) Face shield Gloves (optional) 15

16 Hazard Analysis: Driving Trauma Projectiles, impact, vibration, burns Situational awareness, gloves (optional), seat belts Noise Engine, impact Wear hearing protection for noise level over 85db Hearing Protection Gloves (optional) 16

17 Hazard Analysis: Drum, Gal (Handling) Eye Injury Splashes Goggles (for handling exposed chemicals) Trauma Impact Situational awareness, gloves Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Goggles Safety Shoes/boots Gloves 17

18 Hazard Analysis: Forklift Trauma Projectiles, impact, vibration, burns Situational awareness, gloves, switch guards Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Noise Engine, impact Wear hearing protection Eye Fluid splash when servicing Wear safety goggles Safety goggles Safety Shoes/boots Hearing Protection Gloves 18

19 Hazard Analysis: Fuel Transfer Pump Eye Injury Fuel splashes Goggles Hand Injury Fire, Explosion Fuel contact in sub-zero weather Smoking, sparks, improper grounding and bonding Gloves No smoking or exposure to sparks or open flame during fueling. Fill stem shall be bonded to the container during filling operations by means of a bond wide. Appropriate placed fire extinguisher. Goggles Gloves 19

20 Hazard Analysis: Hand Held Portable Power Tools Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators (if necessary), automatic vacuum machine Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Hand Injury Point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips & sparks Machine guards, situational awareness Head Projectiles Face Shield Protection Fire Sparks Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from machine area Noise Machine operation Hearing protection Electrical Shock Improper grounding, improper operations and maintenance Proper grounding of frame, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed Protective Clothing (optional) Safety Shoes/Boots Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shields Disposable Respirators (optional) Face shield, as appropriate Hearing Protection 20

21 Hazard Analysis: High Pressure Washer, Gasoline Powered Trauma Flying debris, contact with high pressure stream Situational awareness, protective clothing Hand Injury Flying debris, contact with high Situational awareness, gloves pressure stream Head Injury Flying debris Situational awareness, face shield, hard hat (as necessary) Foot Injury Drop object on foot, contact Wear safety shoes with high pressure stream Eye Injury Flying debris Goggles/safety glasses with side shields, face shield Electric Shock Improper operation and maintenance Manufacturer s instructions strictly followed Fire Smoking, sparks No smoking or exposure to sparks or open flame during fueling. Appropriate placed fire extinguisher. Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Protective Clothing (optional) Safety Shoes/Boots Goggles Hard Hat (as necessary) Face shield Gloves Hearing Protection Apron (optional) 21

22 Hazard Analysis: Hoist (Electric/Manual)/Slings Trauma Impact Situational awareness, gloves, hardhat Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Safety Shoes/boots Gloves Hard hat 22

23 Hazard Analysis: Jack Stands, Manual Foot Injury Improper placement of load Situational awareness, wear safety shoes Trauma Overloading vehicle stand beyond rated capacity Follow manufacturer s instructions. Ensure that rated load is legibly and permanently marked in a prominent location on vehicle stand, and rated load capacity is not exceeded. Safety Shoes/Boots 23

24 Hazard Analysis: Lawn Mower/Trimmer, Gasoline Powered Eye Injury Flying debris Safety glasses w/side shields/goggles Trauma Flying debris, rotating parts, burns Protective clothing, Situational awareness, appropriate guards in place Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot Safety shoes Noise Equipment Operation Hearing protection Safety Glasses w/side shields/goggles protective Clothing (optional) Hearing Protection Safety Shoes 24

25 Hazard Analysis: Lifting/Carrying Objects Trauma Impact Situational awareness, gloves, back brace/belt (optional) Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes/boots Safety Shoes/boots Gloves Back brace/belt (optional) 25

26 Hazard Analysis: Pallet Jack & Dolly, Hydraulic Foot Injury Roll jack over foot Wear safety shoes Trauma Overloading jack beyond rated capacity, using jack for support rather than just lifting, sharp objects Follow manufacturer s instructions, gloves Safety Shoes/Boots Gloves 26

27 Hazard Analysis: Plate Compactor Eye Injury Projectiles, fumes, dusts Safety glasses w/side shields or goggles Trauma Projectiles, impact, vibration, burns Situational awareness, gloves, protective clothing, back brace/belt (optional), switch guards Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Noise Engine, impact Wear hearing protection Inhalation Dust Wear respirator or dust mask if needed Safety Glasses w/side shields or Goggles Safety Shoes/boots Hearing Protection Gloves protective Clothing (long pants) Respirator or dust mask (as needed) Back brace/belt (optional) 27

28 Hazard Analysis: Portable Generator, Gasoline Powered Inhalation Exhaust Appropriate ventilation Trauma Burns Situational awareness, PPE, protective clothing Foot Injury Roll over foot, drop object on Wear safety shoes foot Fire Heat, sparks, slag Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from area Electrical Shock Improper operations and maintenance, improper switching device Strictly follow manufacturer s instructions, proper switching for starting up/ shutting down machine Leather Gloves Safety Shoes/ Boots 28

29 Hazard Analysis: Portable Heater, Electric Powered Trauma Burns Situational awareness, PPE, protective clothing Foot Injury Roll over foot, drop object on Wear safety shoes foot Fire Heat, sparks, slag Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from area Electrical Shock Improper operations and maintenance, improper switching device Strictly follow manufacturer s instructions, proper switching for starting up/ shutting down machine Leather Gloves Safety Shoes/ Boots 29

30 Hazard Analysis: Portable Heater, Gasoline Powered Inhalation Exhaust Appropriate ventilation Trauma Burns Situational awareness, PPE, protective clothing Foot Injury Roll over foot, drop object on Wear safety shoes foot Fire Heat, sparks, slag Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from area Electrical Shock Improper operations and maintenance, improper switching device Strictly follow manufacturer s instructions, proper switching for starting up/ shutting down machine Leather Gloves Safety Shoes/ Boots 30

31 Hazard Analysis: Shop Vac(s) Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Electrical Shock Improper operations and maintenance, improper grounding Manufacturer s instructions strictly followed, proper grounding Eye Injury Flying debris Wear safety glasses w/side shields Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection PPE Required :( PPE required to be worn during the vacuuming task when it poses a specific hazard to the user) Safety Glasses with side shields Hearing Protection Safety Shoes/Boots 31

32 Hazard Analysis: Snow Blower, Gasoline Powered Eye Injury Flying debris (ice, rocks, snow, Safety glasses w/side shields etc) Trauma Flying debris, Rotating parts, Burns, frostbite Situational awareness, protective clothing, gloves Foot Injury Equipment rolls over/drops on Safety shoes/boots foot Noise Equipment Operation Hearing protection Safety Glasses w/side shields (only when frostbite hazard does not present a greater hazard) protective Clothing Hearing Protection Safety shoes/boots Gloves 32

33 Hazard Analysis: Snow Shoveling Trauma Projectiles, impact, slip/trip/fall, cold Situational awareness, gloves, positive traction sole footwear, protective clothing Foot Injury Dropped object/impact on foot Wear safety shoes/boots Safety Shoes/boots (when chipping snow/ice with shovel or chipper) Gloves protective Clothing (cold weather) 33

34 Hazard Analysis: Tractor Routine Maintenanc e/repair Routine Operation Hand Injury Confined work areas, sharp edges/objects, rotating parts Gloves, situational awareness Head Injury Bump head, objects fall on head Wear hard hat (if necessary) Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot, object Wear safety shoes drops on foot Trauma Rotating parts Situational awareness, appropriate clothing Eye Injury Flying Particles Safety glasses w/side shields Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Noise Equipment Operation hearing protection Foot Injury Equipment rolls over foot Wear safety shoes Protective Clothing Safety Shoes/ Boots Safety Glasses Hard Hat (if necessary) Gloves Hearing Protection 34

35 Hazard Analysis: Vise Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Hand Injury Impact, penetration, compression Gloves, situational awareness Goggles/ Safety Glasses w/ side shield Gloves Safety Shoes/Boots 35

36 Hazard Analysis: Weed/Brush Trimmer, Hand-held, Gasoline Powered Eye Injury Flying Debris Safety glasses w/side shields/goggles, face shield Trauma Flying debris, Rotating parts, Burns Protective clothing, situational awareness, appropriate guards in place Foot Injury Equipment contacts foot Safety shoes Noise Equipment Operation Hearing protection Safety Glasses w/side shields/goggles Face Shield Hearing Protection protective Clothing (optional) Safety Shoes 36

37 Hazard Analysis: Snow Shoveling Trauma Projectiles, impact, slip/trip/fall, cold Situational awareness, gloves, positive traction sole footwear, protective clothing Foot Injury Dropped object/impact on foot Wear safety shoes/boots Safety Shoes/boots (when chipping snow/ice with shovel or chipper) Gloves protective Clothing (cold weather) 37

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