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Two Construction Workers in Corpus Christi, Texas, are Pinned Between Concrete Slabs

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Portrait of a Stack of Concrete Slabs

Portrait of a Stack of Concrete Slabs (Photo credit: cdsessums)

In Corpus Christi, Texas, back in March, two construction workers were injured after becoming pinned between two concrete slabs. Both men were quickly transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital, and news of their condition has not been released. Working in construction can be very dangerous, and lift-slab operations are among the hazardous construction jobs which workers face.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides safety and health standards for all job industries, and they have information specifically about lift-slab operations. The information is indicative of the type of safety precautions employers are responsible to take.

Before lift-slab operations can even begin, they must first be planned and designed by an experienced professional engineer. The employer must implement the designs and plans, which should have detailed sketches and instructions making the prescribed safe method of erection clear. Lateral stability of the building during construction must also be ensured, with details provided.

The jacking equipment used must be capable of supporting a minimum of 2 and ½ times the weight of the load to be lifted during operations, and it must also be clearly marked with the rated capacity designated by the manufacturer. It’s important that jacking equipment not be overloaded.

For safety reasons, under no circumstances will an employee who is not essential to a jacking operation be allowed underneath a slab when it is being lifted.

Only employees necessary to the jacking operation will be allowed in a structure/building while a jacking operation is underway unless and until the building has been sufficiently reinforced to ensure the integrity of the structure during erection.

–Guest Contributor

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