Accidents occurring from workers being caught-in or between pieces of equipment, or equipment and structures, are some of the most dangerous types of accidents that can occur on a worksite. How much of a risk are these types of injuries? According to a training document from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration there were 92 caught-in or between fatalities in the private construction industry alone in 2008. What this type of hazard is, how it’s caused, and how workers can protect themselves are vital pieces of knowledge that can lead to a safer jobsite.
What are they?
Caught-in or caught-between hazards are a type of workplace injury that results from a worker being crushed between objects. Examples include being compressed or crushed between moving objects like a semi-trailer and a dock wall.
How are they caused?
Common causes of these types of injuries include machinery that has unguarded moving parts, cave-ins, or workers being pinned between equipment and solid objects.
How to protect yourself
For many pieces of equipment manufacturers installs guards around moving parts in order to protect workers from these types of injuries. The guards should never be removed or altered, especially when the equipment is in use. Whenever maintenance is done to equipment make sure it is de-energized. The best way to protect yourself from these types of injuries is to be aware and to not place yourself in harm’s way.
Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services
G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
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