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Workplace Accident Entrapment Lawyer
When a worker is trapped-in or compressed by equipment, objects, or a cave-in or collapsing building, he may be subjected to entrapment accidents, also known as “caught-in” or “caught-between” incidents.
These circumstances are often the result of poor supervision or unsafe work habits on the part of the construction business. You should be aware that caught-in and between injuries and fatalities are avoidable, according to experts.
The company in control of the site may have been negligent in providing adequate training, safety procedures, or personal protective equipment if you or a loved one was hurt in an entrapment accident. If company is negligent, they should be held accountable not only to reimburse your lost income and hospital expenses, but also to prevent others from being harmed in the future. Contact immediately Texas Personal Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation at (888) 997-2148 so that we can help you successfully file a claim and bring those responsible for your injuries to justice.
Complications Of An Entrapment Accident
On a typical construction site, one fatality costs an estimated $991,027 in hospital expenses. The amount of money lost by the construction industry due to on-site injuries and fatalities is nearly $13 billion each year, painting a gloomy picture of how often these mishaps occur.
The following are some of the most common injuries suffered in entrapment accidents:
- Head trauma
- Injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Severe bruising and swelling
The frequency and severity of these incidents vary significantly by industry. Older construction workers have particularly high fatality rates due to entrapment accidents. Construction workers aged 45 and older made up 52% of entrapment fatalities.
Trapping incidents are extremely hazardous, both for American workers and children who are unable to properly use playground equipment or pools. Playground equipment and pools all have entrapment dangers, as do certain machinery at the workplace.
For juvenile safety, supervision is essential in preventing injury as a result of defective consumer goods and equipment. Entrapment accidents frequently result in drowning incidents, strangulation, and choking injuries. Playgrounds may be hazardous due to the numerous tiny compartments that children might get trapped in steps, decks, rails, slides, chains, slats, and platforms.
Children can be trapped in small places with ease, and they may panic, wedging themselves further into danger in a matter of minutes. Pools and spas are also a major hazard for children.
Adults are more prone to entrapment injuries than children. The most frequent workplace-related entrapment incidents include lacerations, amputations, and death as a result of being caught in machinery or heavy equipment that can trap hair, clothing, and limbs.
Strangulation, entrapment mishaps, and drowning are the most common causes of unintentional injuries in children in the United States which account for a big number of workplace accidents in heavy industry.
Consumer & Worker Entrapment Accidents
- Pool Accidents
- Playground Equipment
- Heavy Equipment
- Farm Equipment
- Boat and Barge Equipment
- Conveyor Belts
- Wood chippers
- Lathes and machines
- Airport Equipment
Workplace Entrapment & Confined Spaces
Workplace confined spaces provide a number of dangers, including Workplace Ventilation Risks, toxic exposure, and engulfment and entrapment hazards. As a result, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created rules for confined spaces to protect workers from these hazards.
Confinement increases the risk of entrapment and restricts airflow. Workers must obtain a permit to enter confined spaces under OSHA rules. Underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, pits, diked areas, vessels, and silos are examples of confined spaces. A confined space is defined as one that satisfies the following criteria:
- Space large enough for an employee to enter fully and perform assigned work
- Space not designed for continuous occupancy by the employee
- Has a limited or restricted means of entry or exit
The best method is to arrange the system of work so that dangerous or hazardous equipment does not need to be used. If this is not possible other methods of reducing risks must be considered.
Preventing Entrapment Accident Caused By Work Equipment Or Machines
Employers have a responsibility to take sufficient precautions to prevent entrapment accidents when using business equipment.
- Risk Assessments:
Before any work equipment or machinery is used or installed, it must be subjected to a risk assessment. The objective of the risk assessment is to determine the dangers and risks of harm that may be incurred while using the workplace equipment. The risk assessment should also propose strategies for eliminating or lowering the hazards and risks identified.
- Remove The Hazard:
The safest approach is to set up the work process so that no dangerous or hazardous equipment is required. If this isn’t feasible, other risk-reduction techniques must be used.
- Safety Design And Controls:
It’s critical that all workplace equipment comes with built-in safety features. Work equipment should have the following features:
- suitable operating controls that are easy to see and use
- operating controls that prevent machines from being accidentally turned on
- suitable emergency stop controls
- ‘fail to safety systems’ which prevent the machine from operating if there is a fault
- a way of disconnecting the equipment from its power source
- Guards On Work Equipment And Machinery:
Where entrapment accidents from equipment cannot be avoided, employers should ensure that equipment has proper guards to prevent access to moving or dangerous parts. Guards may be used in a variety of ways to prevent entrapment accidents. The following are some examples:
- guards fixed in place over dangerous parts of equipment
- guards that prevent the machine from working unless the guard is properly in place
- barriers to keep people away from dangerous machinery or equipment
- Use Of Personal Protective Equipment And Clothing:
Personal protective equipment and clothing might be required if certain workplace dangers cannot be avoided. Personal protective equipment and clothing that may be needed while using work equipment include:
- safety helmets
- safety goggles
- ear protectors
- safety footwear
- types of clothing – for instance high visibility garments
Personal protective equipment and clothing must:
- be suitable for the task being undertaken
- give adequate protection against the hazard
- fit properly and comfortably
Contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers In A Case Of An Entrapment Accident
The families of individuals who were injured or killed by entrapment accidents may be eligible to receive money. If the accident was caused by someone else other than your employer or colleague, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim in addition to workers’ compensation.
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers understand everything there is to know about these entrapment incidents. We are committed to providing excellent personalized customer service and communication. For a free consultation, contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers now at (888) 997-2148