Which Workers Are Most Vulnerable to Suffering Crush Injuries?

There are dangerous aspects associated with all types of work. Some jobs are more hazardous than others, though.

One of the more serious injuries that someone can suffer in any role is a crush injury. These injuries can result in death if not treated quickly.

What are crush injuries, and how common are they?

Crush injuries are one of the leading causes of workplace-related deaths. There are various types of crush injuries. Two of the most common ones include “struck-by” and “caught-in” hazard ones.

A struck-by hazard is when impact alone can result in a fatality, as is the case if a life-threatening object strikes someone. A caught-in hazard involves someone being caught in between one or more objects. Such a scenario may result in an individual’s serious injuries or death by suffocation.

Employees must also be cautious around machines with unguarded moving parts. These hazards can result in amputation if a worker becomes stuck in the machine. Such an incident may result in their death. Employees should never remove guards on equipment while it’s in use to avoid causing a crush injury.

Workers also need to be careful when working around any materials that may shift or collapse, whether it’s dirt, grain, or prone objects. These may collapse, trapping a worker underneath them. Employers should ensure that their workers secure any elevated equipment to minimize its chances of falling. Employers should store equipment in a way that prevents it from collapsing or shifting. Another potentially disastrous crush injury is when a worker becomes pinned between two stationary or moving objects.

Steps to take if you suffered a crush injury

A crush injury is a medical emergency. It can cause internal damage, the effects of which you may not notice immediately. You should report your accident to your employer as soon as you can. This will pave the way for you to tap into the workers’ compensation coverage that they have.

Most Illinois employers must report injuries to government regulators. This may result in fines. You may need to consult with an attorney if your employer isn’t forthcoming in advising you about your rights.

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