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FACT SHEET Agriculture and Natural Resources Ohio AgrAbility Fact Sheet Series Secondary Injury Prevention: Caught-in, Caught-between, or Struck by Objects

By S. Dee Jepsen, Assistant Professor, State Safety Leader and Agricultural Safety


Agriculture is a labor-intensive occupation that involves a hands-on approach to every work day. Safety precautions need to be considered when working around farm equipment or livestock. If precautions are not taken seriously, it is easy to be caught-in, caught-between, or struck by objects, leading to serious injuries. People with limited mobility, lack of range of motion, or diminished reaction time are at higher risk. Caught-in or Between Accidents OSHA lists “caught in and between ” accidents as one of the big four workplace hazards. The most common caught in and between accidents are workers being caught in machinery. Others include buried in a trench and pinned between equipment and another solid object. Caught-in or between incidents occur for some of the following reasons: • Working on or around moving equipment. • Working on equipment with stored energy. (example: hydraulic cylinder) • Inadequate guarding on equipment or guards have been removed. • Incorrect hitching practices. • Not being visible to the equipment operator. • Being unaware of approaching danger in the work environment

Year: 2011
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