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Worker injured by falling materials

At a Florida construction site, a worker was injured when boards fell from a roof truss. The workers were building a warehouse at the time of the accident.After a 200-foot fall, the boards hit a worker on ground level. He suffered head and spine injuries.This accident involves issues of coordination of the work. When work is going on overhead, the areas beneath must be cleared of workers in…

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Truck hits flagger

In Florida, a traffic flagger is recovering after he was hit by a truck while working on a road construction project. The truck driver failed to keep clear of the flagger. He hit the flagger with his outside mirror and then drove over the top of his foot.The flagger suffered a mangled foot as a result of being run over.Obviously every driver needs to be careful of workers in construction zones…

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Fatal bridge construction accident

One bridge worker was killed and another injured when the crewboat they were in was struck by a barge being pushed by a tugboat. Authortities were investigating whether the tug boat lights were operating properly.The worker who was killed suffered massive abdominal, chest, and head injuries. The injured worker suffered internal injuries and weas hospitalized.Because this accident occurred on…

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Decatur accident fatal for insulator

A contractor was killed at an Archer Daniels MIdland facility in Dectaur. The employee and his crew were working on isulation at the facility.In the accident, the worker was exposed to hot steam which resulted in burns to 87 percent of his body, which resulted his death.When contractors are working in facilties that have active systems, special care has to be made sure that the system is placed…

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Worker killed in fall down open air shaft

In Buffalo, a construction worker fell 30 feet down an open air shaft. Guard rails had been put in place at the entry to the air shaft but were missing at the time of the fall.The worker sustained fatal injuries as a result of the fall.Floor openings such as the open air shaft pose a serious risk to workers on a construction site. Becxause of this, OSHA regulations require that openings such…

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Knowledge of hazards key to trench collapse prevention

The foreman of a Texas plumbing crew admitted that he was not familiar with the federal regulations which are intended to protect workers against the hazards of a trench collapse. As a result, he sent his crew into a trench that had been dug three weeks earlier. Intervening rainstorms had weakened the walls of the trench, leading to a collapse which trapped one of his co-workers.The trapped…

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Wisconsin man killed in fall at construction site

A Wisconsin man was killed at a construction site when he fell through an open floor hole at a building that was under construction. The height of the fall was three stories. OSHA investigated the accident and fined the company for nuerous safety violations.As a result of the fall, the man suffered fatal head injuries.OSHA regulations require that when there is a floor opening, it is either…

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OSHA fines Texas demolition contractor $135,000

A Texas demolition contractor has been fined $135,900 by OSHA after materials fell from the 19th floor of a building being demolished and struck two of the company’s employees. The general contractor on the job site was also fined.The falling materials resulted in two workers suffering fatal injuries.The fines were issued for safety violations including failing to use an enclosed chute to drop…

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Worker injured in fall through floor hole

A Massachusetts man was injured while working on the roof of an apartment. He fell through on open hole on the roof where he was working. When the building is completed duct work will pass through the hole.The man was airlifted from the scene suffering from traumatic cardiac arrest.Floor openings such as this pose a real hazard to construction workers who must work around them. People are…

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Construction worker killed by falling scaffolding

A construction worker was killed when he was struck by falling scaffolding which was being assembled by co-workers. As the co-workers were moving scaffolding components places, portions of the scaffolding fell and struck him.The worker suffered head injuries which proved fatal.One of the basic safety concepts in construction is to stay clear of work being performed overhead due to the dangers…