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WHEN WORDS FAIL
Sometimes it's necessary to use alternate methods of communication. Receiving
instructions on the safe operation of machinery will prevent injuries. One way
to get these instructions is the use of hand signals. The following
illustrations may provide potential lifesaving information.
Move your right arm across your neck from left to
right in a "throat cutting" motion.
Come to me (May mean "come help me" in an emergency.)
Raise your arm vertically overhead, palm to the front, and rotate it in a large
Speed it up Raise your hand to your shoulder. Close your fist.
Thrust your fist upward to the full extent of your arm and back to the shoulder
rapidly several times.
Start the engine Move your arm in a circle at waist level as though
you were cranking an engine.
Slow it down; decrease speed Extend your arm horizontally, palm
down, and wave your arm in a downward motion a minimum of 45 degrees several
times; keep your arm straight. Do not move your arm above the horizontal
Raise equipment Point upward with your forefinger while making a
circle at head level with your hand.
Lower equipment Point toward the ground with your forefinger while
moving your hand in a circular motion.
This far to go Put your hands in front of your face, palms toward
each other. Move your hands together or further apart to indicate distance.
Stop Raise your hand upward, arm fully extended, palm to the front.
Hold that position until the signal is understood.
Move out; take off Face the desired direction of movement, extend
your arm straight out behind you, then swing it overhead and forward until it is
straight out in front of you with the palm down.
Move toward me; follow me Look toward the person or vehicle you want
moved. Hold one hand in front of you, palm toward you, and move your forearm
back and forth.
-- from the Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation, Div. Of Safety & Hygienes electronic Industry