Construction and industrial workers are at risk of some very serious injuries, including being crushed. Crushing injuries, which are caused by a variety of accidents, are one of the four most common ones that lead to fatalities.
The issue with crushing injuries is that they can lead to catastrophic damage of the affected body parts. This could include internal injuries, amputations and other injuries. Here are some important points to know about crushing incidents at work:
Knowing equipment and machines is helpful
Many of these accidents involve moving machines and equipment. Anyone who operates these should have a good understanding of how they work so they can try to remain safe. They must also be given the tools necessary to do the job. When workers are given proper training and have the items they need to do their job, there is a reduced chance of them being injured or injuring someone else.
Safety protocol is a must
All employers must establish set protocol for how safety is to be handled around machines. Employees who use machines and equipment should be told the possible pinch or contact points. Sometimes, bright stickers or warnings can alert them so that they don’t put body parts, clothing or other items into these areas.
Anything that has moving parts, including conveyor belts and rolling doors, can pose a crushing hazard. Even heavy boxes and drawers can lead to crushing injuries if employees aren’t handling them properly.
No matter what types of machines these workers are around, they should wear clothing that isn’t loose or flowy. This can prevent clothing from being pulled into machines and pulling the person into them. People who are operating moving equipment, such as forklifts, must ensure they aren’t going to run over anyone or pin them against something.
Severity of injuries vary
Sometimes, a body part like a finger might get pinched without having any lasting issues. Other injuries might be a lot more severe. Workers can lose fingers, hands, arms, toes, feet and legs. Blood loss and internal injuries might lead to death. Lengthy stays in the hospital and long recovery times can impact their ability to return work to earn a living. Some workers might not be able to go back to work at all. This cuts off their ability to earn an income. Workers’ compensation can help by covering injury-related medical expenses and some of the lost wages.