Weekly Tool Box Talk –Caught-In/Between Hazards

Headlines in your local paper may cry out “Trench Cave-In Claims Life of Local Construction Worker” or “Rotating Crane Superstructure Crushes Worker at Local Construction Site”.Almost every day workers are injured or killed by “caught-in/between” hazards.  These types of accidents cause approximately 2% of all construction deaths.  This is why OSHA safety regulations are focusing on worksite hazards that present the possibility of being caught in or between something.This UASC Toolbox Talk is a reminder of many OSHA safety regulations that are designed to protect you from “caught-in/ between” hazards.Trenching & Shoring – In trench excavations four feet or more in depth a stairway, ramp or ladder is required so no more than 20 feet of lateral travel is needed to evacuate from the opening.Material Handing & Storage – All materials stored in tiers must be stacked, racked, blocked, interlocked, or otherwise secured to prevent sliding, falling or collapse.  Cranes, Derricks & Hoists – Accessible areas within the swing radius of the rear rotating superstructure of the crane, either permanent or temporarily mounted, shall be barricaded to prevent an employee from being struck or crushed by the swing of the crane.Hand & Power Tools – When power operated tools are designed to accommodate guards; they shall be equipped with the guards when in use.Belts, Gears, Pulleys & Chains – All belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, sprockets, drums, flywheels, chains or other reciprocating, rotating or moving parts of equipment must be guarded if such parts are exposed to workers or otherwise create a hazard.Mechanical Equipment – Bulldozers, end-loader buckets, dump bodies, and similar equipment, must be either fully lowered or blocked when being repaired or when not in use.  All control must be in a neutral position, with the motors stopped and brakes set, unless work being performed requires otherwise.    (Image courtesy of Gualberto107/freedigitalphotos)