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Caught-in and caught-between fatalities are rising

A 2017 report from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) revealed the number of fatal construction caught-in and caught-between injuries increased 33 percent from 2011 to 2015, exceeding the overall 26 percent increase in construction fatalities for the same period, according to www.constructiondive.com.

From 2011 to 2015, 275 construction workers were killed in caught-in or caught-between incidents—more than any other major industry. Nearly 67 percent of workers who died were caught or crushed in a collapse of materials. Of the nonfatal caught-in and caught-between incidents, 93 percent of injuries were caused by equipment or other objects.

The report indicated older construction workers were at a greater risk of dying in a caught-in or caught-between accident, and workers under age 20 were at a high risk of experiencing fatal and nonfatal incidents.

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