Fatal Accident Brings Attention to Caught-In/Between HazardsSeptember 5, 2019
On August 9, a 30-year-old employee with Maryland Landscape Supply was in the process of putting a container into a front-end loader when he became pinned between the machine and a truck. Police were called to the scene by a man who was working nearby. Unfortunately, the worker did not survive the accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), caught-in/between accidents are one of the Fatal Four occupational hazards that are responsible for most construction worker fatalities each year. Fortunately, by following important safety protocols and taking the necessary precautions, many of these tragic accidents can be avoided.
Caught-in/between accidents occur when a worker either gets caught in equipment, such as an unguarded piece of machinery, or is struck or crushed by construction equipment or a collapsing structure, like a trench. The following are common types of caught-in/between accidents and steps you can take to avoid them:
- Power Tools and Machinery Accidents: Machinery and tools that have sharp blades can cause devastating injuries, amputations, and even death if and accident causes you to get caught or pulled into its moving parts. Always make sure that the safety guards are in place before using a machine. Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry, and keep long hair tied back. When the machine is not being used, make sure that it is properly de-energized so that it does not accidentally start up.
- Heavy Equipment Accidents: Many different types of heavy equipment are used at construction sites, so workers often have a false sense of security when working around them. Never stand between a moving construction vehicle and a wall, or any other immovable object. Vehicle operators may not be able to see all around the vehicle. When operating a forklift, never overload it, as this can cause it to tip over. Always wear the appropriate safety restraints. They will protect the worker if the machine does tip over. If the worker fails to use the proper restraints, they are more likely to be seriously injured.
- Trenching Accidents: These are particularly dangerous accidents in the construction industry. OSHA made it a priority in 2018 to reduce trenching and excavating accidents by raising awareness about these types of hazards and educating employers and workers on how to prevent tragic cave-ins and collapses. Trenches deeper than five feet must have protective systems in place. If the trench is over 20 feet deep, a protective system must be designed by a professional engineer. In addition, all trenches must be properly sloped or benched to prevent a collapse. OSHA standards require all trench and excavation work to be inspected by a trained professional
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Caught-In/Between Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a caught-in/between accident while on the job, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. These injuries can be quite serious, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will continue to fight until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.