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OSHA Provides Examples of and Safety Tips for Workplace Caught-in or Between Hazards – Part 7

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Image composite showing a loading pallet for a...

Image composite showing a loading pallet for a crane, and showing a man operating the crane with a remote control. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides the following guidelines for employers, so that they can protect workers from caught-in or between construction hazards.

The following are tips for employers for the purpose of preventing workers from being crushed by heavy machinery or equipment that tips over:

  • All material handling equipment must be equipped with structures that prevent rollovers.
  • Seat belts are important in all motor vehicles, including earthmoving equipment and forklifts. Use of seat belts should be required. By wearing seat belts, workers can avoid being thrown from a vehicle and subsequently crushed when the vehicle or equipment tips over.
  • The best approach to protecting workers from being crushed by heavy equipment is to prevent tipping from happening in the first place. For example, there are several known situations which result in a crane tipping over. Of course, all known dangers should be avoided. Do not exceed the capacity of a crane and do not use a crane that is not on level ground or if it is on ground that is too soft. Crane conditions should always be carefully inspected by a competent person who can recognize whether the support surface is firm enough and whether the crane is capable of supporting the load.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and this continuing series for more examples of caught-in or –between hazards and safety tips. In the next segment, learn about some of the responsibilities employers have to protect workers from these types of hazards.

–Guest Contributor

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