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

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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English: Slight problem Slight problem occurred; the road side collapsed as the crane went past due to the weight and the wetness of the ground. The worker is by the drainage ditch which as you can see was breaking up. It was a long day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that there were 131 caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects workplace fatalities in 2013. As with all recognized workplace dangers, OSHA provides information and training to equip employers to avoid caught-in or between hazards.

A definition of caught-in or between hazards, according to OSHA, is:

Injuries which result from a person being crushed, caught, squeezed, compressed, or pinched between two or more objects or between parts of an object. This includes people who are crushed or caught in operating equipment, between a moving and stationary object, between other mashing objects, or between two or more moving objects.

One way to avoid workplace hazards is by learning from the mistakes of others. OSHA has provided many examples of caught-in or –between hazards. The following are examples of construction injuries that actually occurred:

  • Using an unguarded compound miter saw, a worker was ripping a 6-inch piece of wood. His left thumb was amputated after getting caught in the saw.
  • An employee crawled underneath an operating truck for the purpose of performing diagnostic work. His coveralls and work shirt collar got caught on a projecting set screw on the truck’s rotating pump shaft. The man was pulled into the pump shaft by the projecting set screw. The worker died on the way to the hospital.
  • While setting grade for concrete pipe and installing additional shoring, a worker was at the bottom of a 9.5-foot deep trench. There was no protective system or shoring on the west wall at the south end of the excavation and it caved in, covering the worker. The worker was dug out by coworkers and members of the fire department, and he survived.

Read more examples of caught-in or –between hazards and safety tips in this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor


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