OSHA says caught-between accidents are the fourth leading cause of death on construction sites. You can help prevent these accidents by taking the following precautions:
- Hazard recognition. Have your OSHA competent person do a hazard analysis and communicate the results to all crews.
- Equipment functionality. Make sure all machines are in good working order, all guards are in place and that parking brakes, backup alarms and lockouts are all functional.
- Make sure everybody wears PPE, especially their high-visibility vests and clothing.
- Keep your distance. Train crews on how to stay a safe distance from mobile equipment and trucks, including the entire swing radius of excavators.
- Install backup cameras on machines with rear or side blind spots.
- Use barricades when possible to keep workers out of danger zones.
- Train crews to avoid walking between machinery or trucks and structures such as trees, walls or stacks or stockpiles of material.
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