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Missouri Workplace Accident Attorney: Caught-In or Between Hazards

by James M. Hoffmann on Nov. 04, 2015

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: A worker may find themselves in an unexpected and dangerous situation - caught-in or-between two objects.

Due to the nature of their work, some workers are exposed to a high risk of being crushed in between two objects at the workplace. This type of workplace accident usually occurs when a worker is caught in a machine or is compressed between two objects.  The accident may happen when a worker is pulled into a machine, when a workers gets compressed between two or more rolling or moving objects, or when an object collapses on the victim after he or she is caught in a machine.

Occupations at Risk for Caught-In or -Between Hazards

Certain types of jobs and work environments pose a higher risk for caught-in or -between hazards. Some workers who are exposed to higher risks of such accidents are:

Common Injuries Caused by Caught-In or -Between Hazards

When a worker is caught in a machine or is compressed between two objects, he or she may suffer different types of injuries. Common injuries include:

  • loss of limbs or body parts
  • broken bones or fractures
  • asphyxiation
  • internal hemorrhage or other internal injuries
  • strangulation from clothing being caught in running equipment and machinery
  • severe head injuries or brain injuries
  • cuts, burns, abrasions, and bruises

Caught-In or -Between Collapsing Materials

This type of accident occurs when a worker is caught in and crushed in between two or more collapsing materials. The victim could be crushed, squeezed, or compressed. Situations where this type of accident may occur include:

  • objects or materials collapse on the accident victim
  • mine cave-in
  • landslide

Construction workers, mine workers, agricultural workers, and oil field workers are exposed to a high risk for this type of work-related injury. Common injuries include asphyxiation, internal hemorrhage, other internal injuries, severe head injuries, and brain injuries.

Missouri Workers' Compensation Lawyer

If you suffer any work-related injury from a caught-in or -between hazard, you may be entitled to work comp benefits. Consult a Missouri workplace injury attorney to know what you are entitled to. Call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300.

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