“Caught in” and “caught between” accidents can be some of the most traumatic accidents in the workplace. These types of accidents can involve construction sites caving in, people being pulled into machinery and employees being hit by cranes and wrecking balls. In a twelve-year period, these types of accidents resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 construction workers. Countless other employees have also been injured in a “caught in” or “caught between” accident.
How can workers prevent these types of accidents?
To prevent these types of accidents, OSHA requires having an individual on-site during excavation projects. This person’s job would be to inspect the job site, watch out for hazards and evacuate the area if a cave-in appears to be imminent. Without this kind of lookout, workers can be severely injured in cave-ins and end up collecting workers’ compensation.
To keep workers from being pulled into machinery, OSHA recommends that workers be trained to recognize unsafe and damaged equipment. They should never use equipment that isn’t properly guarded by another employee. Additionally, workers should be trained on lockout/tagout procedures so that equipment is always turned off when not in use. By following safety procedures like these, businesses can reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.
Where to go for help with filing a workers’ compensation claim
Many eligible employees don’t file for workers’ compensation because they fear retaliation from their employer. If a business declines to pay a worker their disability benefits, the worker might wish to speak with an attorney.
An attorney might be able to help their client bring the case to court so they can receive the benefits that they’re entitled to. They can also assist their client if they’re wrongfully terminated or retaliated against for filing for workers’ compensation after being injured on the job.