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.
- To prevent injuries and possible fatal incidents the first step is to recognize the potential hazards.
- Never place yourself in a dangerous area or position.
- Make sure that all guards and covers are placed correctly and not damaged.
- Keep gloves and loose clothing away from moving gears or rotating shafts.
Remember these important tips to avoid caught-in hazards:
- Look for possible caught-in hazards
- Avoid removing guards and replace immediately
- Follow trench safety and cave-in protection rules
- Be visible by using reflective clothing
- Never take shortcuts behind or around heavy equipment
- Ensure all back-up alarms and horns are working
- Avoid the swing areas of excavators and cranes
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