Health & Safety Institute Blog

April 6, 2018

Preventing Caught-in and Caught-Between Incidents

Caught-in/between incidents are among OSHA’s Big Four Construction Hazards, along with falls, electrocution and struck-by incidents. A report from the Center for Construction Research and Training reveals an increase in fatalities resulting from these preventable accidents.

Key findings from the report include:

  • From 2011 to 2015, 275 construction workers died from caught-in/between injuries, more than any other major industry
  • In 2015, 68 construction workers were killed due to caught-in/between injuries, a 33% increase from 2011
  • The increase in caught-in/between fatalities is higher than the 26% increase in overall fatalities in construction during this period
  • More than two in three of caught-in/between fatalities from 2011 to 2015 were due to being caught or crushed in collapsing materials
  • 93% of all nonfatal caught-in/between injuries were caused by equipment or objects

Caught-in/between injuries result when a worker gets squeezed, caught, crushed, pinched or compressed between two or more objects, or between two parts of an object. Equipment with moving parts that are not safe-guarded, mobile machinery that can tip over and cave-ins of unprotected trenches and excavations can all lead to serious injury or death.

OSHA’s Quick Card for the Top Four Construction Quick Hazards explains that such incidents can be prevented when workers follow best practices such as:

  • Never enter an unprotected trench or excavation 5 feet or deeper without an adequate protective system in place; some trenches under 5 feet deep may also need such a system.
  • Make sure the trench or excavation is protected either by sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems.

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