What is the definition and the danger of recoil?

Recoil is the concept of “kicking back” or leaping back after being released. It may be dangerous due to the possibility of injury upon having equipment “leap back” rapidly.


The act of recoiling, whether in a human or in a machine, denotes the act of leaping or pulling back after being released or in response to a trigger. Recoil is largely dangerous due to the potential for injury if workers are not paying careful attention to heavy machinery.

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