Health & Medical Work Place Health

Collisions, Crushes, and Counter Measures

Collisions and crushes are some of the most common types of workplace accidents besides falls, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), fires, and explosions.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) shared recent workplace accidents and injuries statistics and data from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) and found that almost 904 workers had lost their lives in 2016.

However, it’s widely known that these numbers are greatly underreported as only a few workers are able to file a compensation claim that gets officially filed.

With workplace accidents, falls, crashes, and collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities, let’s take a look at the reasons behind these accidents and how to prevent them.

What Is A Crush And Collision Injury?

When a body part is caught in between a machine or construction materials, then it’s likely to result in a crush injury.

Collision injury is when your body collides, crashes, and bumps into an object which results in painful injury.

Both of the injuries are more likely to occur on a construction site with machinery, trucks, steel, wood, and concrete materials rather than an office building.


Where & When They Occur

Machines With Moving Parts

Most of the crush and collision injuries are likely to occur in industrial and manufacturing work where heavy machinery is used.

From nicking their fingers on an electric saw to crushing their feet under tractors, workers operating machinery and power tools are open to the risk of workplace injuries.


The truck type vehicle used to transport heavy loads within the construction area needs to be operated by a trained worker. Otherwise, it’s likely to crush foot staff under the forklift or trap them against a heavy object.

Conveyor Belts

Used in factories and industrial sites, conveyor belts are used to transport materials in an assembly line. Many workers have lost their limbs and crushed their fingers in between the churning mechanisms of the machine.

 Fall/Collapse Of Construction Materials

While heavy bricks, steel rods, and wooden planks are transported from the ground to the rooftop, tractors, and lanyards are used to lift the materials.

There’s a risk of falling objects if the rope or harness breaks which crush the staff working on the ground.

Injuries From Crush and Collision Accidents

  • Muscle damage
  • Broken Bones
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Deep tissue slashes
  • Crushed organs
  • Spinal damage and paralysis
  • Physical disability due to limb amputation
  • Head injuries and memory loss


How Can Workplace Safety Training Help?

It’s important to teach your employees how to properly use construction equipment and machinery to avoid workplace accidents and injuries.

Metro Safety provides stellar workplace safety courses to prevent workplace falls, use harnesses and lanyards to anchor on rooftops, and use hands-on practical exercises to navigate confined spaces.

Whether you’re a construction worker, steelworker, iron welder, farmer, forklift driver or scaffold worker, the workplace safety training in British Columbia is fit for every occupation!

Besides fall protection inspection training, the training institute also offers Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid Course for medical emergencies at the workplace.

Contact them for occupational health safety programs in BC or call 604-521-4227 to sign up for first aid courses!

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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