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1 Dead, 8 Injured in New Mexico Scaffolding Accident

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Tyler Goodwin2 years ago

The local police in Rio Rancho, New Mexico released to CBS News that a construction worker died after an accident on the job at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Details of the Fatal Rio Rancho Construction Accident

According to CBS News, eight construction workers were injured and one was killed when scaffolding collapsed outside of a hospital. The worker that lost his life has yet to be identified.

At least four of the workers were admitted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with critical injuries. The other workers that had non-life-threatening injuries were taken to other local hospitals for care.

The hospital that the construction was taking place on has been under construction since November to add on a six-story addition to the medical center. Officials say that the cause of the collapse is unknown, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified to investigate.

Since the accident, the construction site has been shut down until further notice.

Construction Accident Statistics

Statistics provided by OSHA:

  • 4,585 people were injured in on the job injuries in 2013, 828 of which were construction workers.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), 54 reported deaths occurred in 2009 from scaffolds.
  • In a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 72% of workers that were hurt in the scaffold accident attributed to the accident by either being hit by falling debris, or the support giving way.
  • All of these incidents can be controlled by following OSHA standards.


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