Entrapment Accident Lawyers

A common injury that occurs on construction sites is when workers are caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in a collapsing structure, equipment, or material. This can severely injure a worker and impede his or her ability to work.

Caught-in and caught-between accidents are part of OSHA’s Focus Four initiative. The other three types of accidents are falls, struck by objects, and electrocutions. Workers are at risk of being run over by large trucks backing out of construction sites. They are also at risk of being crushed between large vehicles, walls, or concrete. These types of accidents can be related to supervisor neglect in controlling a work site and bad construction practices. 

What are caught-in and caught-between construction accidents?

A caught-in accident happens when a worker is caught in or compressed by objects or machinery. An example of this is when a construction vehicle backs up and pins a construction worker against a solid object.

A caught-between accident happens when a worker is crushed by collapsing materials. An example of this is when a construction worker is crushed in a trench collapse.

These types of accidents have very high fatality and injury rates. Older construction workers have especially high fatality rates in caught-in and caught-between accidents. Between 2011 and 2015, construction workers aged 45 and older, comprised 52% of caught-in and caught-between fatalities.

Most Common Injuries

Construction workers often become victims of “caught-between” accidents when they are wedged between semi-trailers and dock walls, truck frames and hydraulic beds, or other such equipment. Being wedged between objects and equipment can cause serious injuries, including:

  • Amputations
  • Head trauma
  • Injuries to the internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Severe bruising and swelling

Suffering a workplace injury can be very stressful, so let our experienced attorneys, who understand the complex laws that apply to these cases, provide you legal support. Contact our team of attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.

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