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 on CBS Pittsburgh, a man in a lift was crushed against a ceiling under an overpass. The crew was patching the bridge when the man operating the hydraulic lift was injured and his co-workers realized he wasn't breathing.
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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 and be trained on the specific type of lift they will be using. Not all lifts are the same!
- Always inspect all machinery and equipment prior to operation.
- Never attempt to operate equipment you have not been trained an authorized to use.
- Maintain safe distances from potential hazards.