Construction sites contain numerous hazards that can seriously injure, maim, or prove fatal to workers on site. Entrapment accidents, also referred to as “caught-in” or “caught-between” accidents occur when a worker is caught-in or compressed by equipment, objects, or by a cave-in or collapsing structure.
These types of accidents can be related to negligent supervision or bad practices on the part of the construction company. You should know that caught-in or between injuries and deaths are preventable according to the experts. If you or a loved one were injured in an entrapment accident, the company in charge of the site may have been derelict in providing proper training, safety protocols, or personal protective equipment. If so, the company should be held accountable for their actions, not only to provide compensation for lost wages and hospital costs, but to prevent others from being injured in the future. Trust in the skilled attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt to successfully file your claim and bring those accountable to justice.
The Fatal Four
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created an initiative to recognize the four deadliest hazards to construction workers, dubbed the Fatal Four.
The four areas of most danger to construction workers are:
In 2018 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 2% rise in fatal occupational injuries on construction sites from the previous year. The “Fatal Four” were responsible for over half of the reported deaths in the industry, and 5.5% of these fatally injured workers died as a result of a caught-in or between accident.
While any job in construction can be dangerous, there are five construction industries responsible for over half of all fatal and non-fatal injuries annually. These are:
- Special trade contractors
- Electrical work
- Heavy construction
- Residential building construction
Sleeves or clothing can get caught in machinery
What are Caught-In and Caught-Between Construction Accidents?
The difference between an entrapment accident and a struck accident is if the impact alone caused the injury. If this is the case, the injury will be recorded as “struck”. If the injury is created as a result of being crushed between objects, it will be deemed a “caught” incident.
A caught-in accident happens when a worker is caught in or compressed by objects or machinery. This could occur when a construction vehicle backs up and pins a construction worker against a solid object, or a sleeve gets tangled in machinery.
A caught-between accident happens when a worker is crushed by collapsing materials. This could happen if a worker becomes wedged between equipment such as semi-trailers, dock walls, truck frames, or hydraulic beds. It can also occur if a construction worker is crushed in a trench collapse or cave-in. Workers trapped in an excavation which has caved in are twice as likely to be killed as when doing other types of construction.
Excavations are prone to cave-ins which can injure workers
Complications of an Entrapment Accident
On average, one fatal injury on a construction site has a hospital cost of $991,027. The amount of money lost by the construction industry due to injuries and fatalities on the job site is a staggering amount of nearly $13 billion annually, painting a grim picture of how often these accidents occur.
An entrapment accident can cause serious injuries, including but not limited to:
- Head trauma
- Injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Severe bruising and swelling
These types of accidents have very high fatality and injury rates. Older construction workers have especially high fatality rates of 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.
Consult a Skilled Entrapment Accident Lawyer Today
Suffering a workplace injury can be stressful, and dealing with the aftermath can be taxing on you and your family. You may have questions about what legal protections are available to you or your loved one.
Let our experienced attorneys, who understand the complex laws that apply to these cases, provide you legal support. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have recovered over $200 million for personal injury clients over our 30 years practicing law. Contact our team of attorneys today by filling out our form or calling 1-866-869-5318.