The Fatal Four: Preventing Worker Fatalities Part 4
This article will conclude our four-part series. We will discuss caught-in or between hazards which is the fourth leading cause of death on construction job-sites. To review causes one through three, visit Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
A little over 4% of construction workers died due to caught-in or between hazards. There are unfortunate circumstances where workers are strangled, limbs are amputated, and bones are broken as a result of being caught, crushed, squeezed, or compressed between a wall, vehicle, or machinery.
To prevent this type of incident, workers should always wear appropriate PPE, avoid loose clothing and jewelry, and be aware of their surroundings at all times. An awareness of your surroundings includes knowing where pull-ins are most likely to happen. Employers should not only instruct workers on how to avoid being caught between objects but should train workers on how to actively escape a hazard before an injury or death occurs.
Employees working in all areas of the construction industry are faced with numerous hazards as they perform on job-sites daily. As the construction industry continues to bring new workers on board, providing OSHA based training and consulting with one of our reputable OSHA attorneys is critical for the prevention of fatalities. In the meantime, visit OSHA to stay abreast of the latest industry health and safety standards and regulations.
We hope this series has provided great insight into the culprit behind deaths in the construction industry. At Trent Cotney, P.A., we value the lives of every construction professional and work diligently to educate those in the construction industry about state and federal safety regulations as well as represent those who have experienced the devastating effects of workplace hazards.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.