What This Caterpillar Tractor Does Next Will Leave You Baffled
We have all seen heavy construction equipment at work, just not quite like this. Check this post of a Caterpillar that, well, you just have to see what I’m talking about. I don’t know about you, but it does seem like they always perform better when the tracks are on the ground rather than sticking straight up in the air. The antics that occur during the retrieval method though, are the real show.
After a couple of minutes of “corporate caucus”, the giant construction beast is righted with the aid of a tow cable and another similar piece of machinery. However, it is no sooner righted when the tow strap flies off and it proceeds to barrel down the hill at breakneck speed. It seems like there was no parking brake engaged on that pesky caterpillar. Where is a job foreman when you need him, right?
Yet, it seems like they made a noble effort, and the only thing that tripped them up was the tow cable that popped loose upon impact. In the end, no one was injured and that is really the best case scenario. However, you have to wonder how many of these types of accidents occur on job sites? I mean let’s be honest, there are literally thousands of construction projects going on across United States every day. To that end, we turn to OSHA and find a few surprising stats.
Yet thankfully, that is not case. Coming in at number three is electrocution. This accounts for almost 9% of construction deaths, 71 deaths in 2013 to be exact. We tend to forget
As it turns out, there are just a few types of accidents that construction workers have to be on the lookout for when they are working on the job site. These are known as the fatal four. At the top of the list are falls. In fact, the most recent 2013 statistic found that 294 deaths out of a total death count of 796, were a result of falling. That’s about a third of fatal construction accidents. It appears that scaling scaffolding is much more dangerous than a runaway caterpillar crane. Second, being struck by an object was the number two leading cause of death. This accounted for approximately 10% of all construction deaths in 2013, 82 to be exact. If one of the workers had been flattened, we would find this squarely in that category.
Yet thankfully, that is not case. Coming in at number three is electrocution. This accounts for almost 9% of construction deaths, 71 deaths in 2013 to be exact. We tend to forget that there is a lot of power behind electricity because we are so accustomed to using it every day. However, those wires do bite and you have to know what you are doing before you attempt to work on them.
This is especially true if the line you are working on carries a current of 220 volts or more. Finally, 21 deaths in 2013 were caused by being “caught in something” or “caught between something.” This is a much lower statistic, 2.5%, but it is still chilling to think that 21 people died by being caught in a machine or were squeezed to death between something.
The bottom line is there is a reason for those hardhat zones. Whenever you see backhoes with big tires, dump trucks, or mile high scaffolding, you need to pay attention. This is the case even if you are not a worker. Anytime you see one of those makeshift tunnels underneath some scaffolding, check out your surroundings before proceeding. It sounds a bit trite, and is probably something you don’t think about most days, but you don’t want to find yourself in one of those four categories. Keep in mind, these are just the four categories that result in fatalities. We did not even delve into the other causes of death that can occur around heavy pieces of machinery or job sites in progress. The guys were flat out lucky when you think about it. Any one of them could have been crushed or mangled if the tow cable had turned the machine slightly right or left. The treads on the Caterpillar would have set the direction, and we would probably be looking at a completely different scenario, if that sort of thing is even allowed to be posted on the internet. This is the reason that OSHA exists. As much as the regulations may not make sense at times, they really do have your best interest at heart. “Safety first” means that construction projects can move forward efficiently. It means that big projects do not have to be paused due to injury, or scrapped altogether because of an untimely death. Think about that the next time you find yourself wanting to hook a tow strap to a piece of heavy machinery.