The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified four particularly dangerous types of construction accidents. Known as the “Fatal Four” or “Focus Four”, these are:
This blog post will focus on “caught-in” and “caught-between” construction accidents. These accidents were responsible for the deaths of 275 construction workers from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Other occupations at risk for such accidents include manufacturing, agriculture, waste collection and disposal, and mining.
What are caught-in and caught-between construction accidents?
These types of accidents fall into the caught-in/between accident category:
These accidents have high fatality and injury rates. Older construction workers have especially high fatality rates in caught-in/between accidents. Between 2011 and 2015, construction workers aged 45 to 65 and older comprised 52% of caught-in/between fatalities.
How to prevent caught-in/between accidents
Employers, construction foremen and construction workers can all play important roles in preventing caught-in/between accidents. Here are some of the ways:
Hand or body part is squeezed between parts of a machine
Hair, clothing or jewelry is caught in machinery
Pinned between equipment or wall
Crushed by collapsing materials
Excavations and cave-ins
Construction workers who have suffered injuries or family members of fatal accident victims may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Speak with an attorney if you have questions about a claim.