Caught-in/between injuries result when a worker gets squeezed, caught, crushed, pinched, or compressed between two or more objects or parts of an object. One of the Focus Four Hazards, fatalities and injuries are due to insufficient safety measures when working around or in excavation sites. In 2019, caught-in/between incidents accounted for 5.4% of all fatalities within the construction industry. These types of accidents can largely be prevented with adherence to safety procedures and regulation.
Resources from the CPWR and OSHA lay out in-depth solutions for preventing caught-in/between injuries among contractors. Visit the IEC Focus Four Hazards page for more information on how to avoid these hazards.
Heart Safety in Extreme Heat
Did you know that warm weather can stress the heart? Knowing what to do during a cardiac emergency can save a coworker’s life. OSHA’s Safe + Sound team partnered with the American Heart Association to develop an infographic on heart safety in extreme heat that can be accessed here
OSHA Field Operations Manual
OSHA has issued new enforcement guidance to make its penalties more effective in stopping employers from repeatedly exposing workers to life-threatening hazards or failing to comply with certain workplace safety and health requirements. Existing guidance on instance-by-instance citations are outlined in the OSHA Field Operations Manual, and CPL 02-00-080, “Handling of Cases to be Proposed for Violation-by-Violation Penalties.”
OSHA’s Labor Trafficking Resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is committed to working toward creating a safe and hazard-free workplace for ALL workers. While OSHA does not have the authority to investigate or prosecute trafficking crimes, whether labor or sex trafficking, OSHA may refer potential trafficking cases to federal, state or local law enforcement that we might identify at workplaces.
For more information on workers’ safety and health rights and how to report labor violations, please go to www.osha.gov or call us at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). If You See Something, Report it.