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Deadly Incident Shows How Construction Work Can Be Dangerous

Incidents

LESSONS LEARNED

Construction is among the most dangerous industries and in recent years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there are more than 800 fatal on-the-job injuries to construction workers annually - more than any other single industry.

OSHA has identified the 4 leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry and Caught-in Hazards are one of the Focus Four.

Caught-in or Caught-between hazards are defined as Injuries resulting from a person being squeezed, caught, crushed, pinched, or compressed between two or more objects, or between parts of an object.

In this incident, as reported in The New York Times, a concrete slab weighing thousands of pounds crashed to the ground, trapping and killing a worker at a New York construction site.

Scene of the Accident, Aerial View
The accident site on West 37th Street, where a hotel is under construction. The builders had been cited for violations on other projects.

Caught-in hazards don't just exist where a line worker might get their glove caught in a gear or where crews on jobsites need to remember to stay out of the way of the swing areas of excavators or cranes.

Caught-in hazards exist on every job site and all team members need to be trained to recognize potential caught-in hazards to ensure they will avoid placing themselves in areas where materials could fall or tip over and they never crawl or enter into potentially unstable areas.

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