Mechanical hazards

Controlled and uncontrolled moving parts, sharp-edged surfaces, slippery surfaces, all vehicles and falling edges.

Modern times

[Translate to Englisch:] Zanhräder © CC0

You know the Chaplin classic with the good man in the machine. In the era of industrialisation, it was actually regarded as modern, but today, from the point of view of modern occupational safety, it is of course an absolute no-go!

*We would have liked to have shown it here, but unfortunately this was completely unaffordable for licensing reasons. Therefore a similar picture.

Mechanical hazard factors include just about anything inorganic that moves or can injure you. These include many tools, machines and (moving) vehicles, but also, for example, black ice and even high steps or stairs, if they are not secured against falling.

Mechanical hazards are typical for work in the workshops, laboratories and domestic service at the University of Konstanz.


The following links lead you to the pages of the BAuA, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. You will find very detailed information on the various hazard factors, legal regulations and rules as well as important occupational health and safety measures.

Mechanical hazards can be caused by

-> controlled moving unprotected parts

which are freely accessible and form, for example, squeezing points, shearing points, cutting and puncturing points, intake and catching points as well as butt joints,

-> dangerous surfaces
such as corners, edges, points, cutting, surfaces with high surface roughness,

-> mobile work equipment
for example in connection with remote controls, guidance systems, reverse driving, driving with restricted visibility, on unpaved ground or with a load changing the centre of gravity.

-> uncontrolled moving parts
such as overturning, rolling, sliding or falling parts or detached, bursting or flying parts and media splashing out under pressure or ejected media or working material,

-> slippery surfaces and tripping hazards

-> crash
to a lower surface or object.