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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Somerville Construction Accident

Victoria Burguess1 year ago

According to My FOX Boston, officials in Somerville, Massachusetts are investigating a fatal construction accident that left one man dead.

Details of the Somerville Construction Incident

On Thursday June 11, a temporary hoist used in construction fell off of a building, injuring one and killing one. The building was an administrative building being built for Partner’s HealthCare.

According to the spokesperson for the contractors on site, Suffolk Construction Company, the two workers in the accident were employed by subcontractors. The names have not yet been released.

The construction company was installing external hoists when a hoist cab fell away from the building. All official protocol had been followed, so it is unclear how the accident occurred.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the accident.

National Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by OSHA:

  • 4,585 people were killed on the job in 2013 – this averages to 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
  • 4,101 on the job fatalities occurred in private industry and 828 were attributed to construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of death for construction workers in 2013 were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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