Caught-In or In-Between Hazards
According to OSHA, Construction safety is one of their top concerns. 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 in the U.S. – more than in any other single industry and account for nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. OSHA has found 4 top areas of fatalities in construction:
• Electrocutions hazards • Fall hazards • Caught-in hazards • Struck-by hazards
OSHA Standard 1926.21(b)(2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
Caught-in hazards can be found in a many tasks different tasks and in a variety of trades.
Electrical Contractors --> Working with powered cable feeders and pullers
Mechanical and HVAC Technicians --> Working inside of tight fitting areas like crawlspaces
Plumbing and Pipefitters --> Using cutting, drilling, or digging equipment
Road Construction --> Performing work or standing near heavy equipment
Utility Construction --> Working inside of trenches and excavations
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.
OSHA Standard 1926.300(b)(2) Belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, sprockets, spindles, drums,
flywheels, chains, or other reciprocating, rotating or moving parts of equipment shall be guarded if such parts are exposed to contact by employees or otherwise create a hazard.
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 during 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