1 Dead in Maryland Workplace Accident
About the Maryland Steel Plant Accident
According to the Herald-Mail, 38-year-old Tyrone Cameron was killed Tuesday afternoon after a large spool of metal fell on him as he was working at the Canam Steel plant in Point of Rocks, Maryland.
Paramedics responded to the incident shortly after 1 pm to find Tyrone Cameron with life-threatening injuries. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities are investigating the incident and do not believe foul play contributed to Cameron’s death. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Cameron’s exact cause of death.
Workplace Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA):
- In 2013, OSHA conducted a total of 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 state inspections despite only having 2,200 inspectors.
- In 2012, OSHA recorded a total of 4,628 workplace fatalities – this averages to 89 deaths a week or nearly 12 deaths every day.
- 90 percent of all workplace fatalities occurred in private industry, accounting for 4,175 worker deaths.
- Among the standard violations most often observed by OSHA in 2013 were:
- Fall protection standards
- Hazard communication standards
- Scaffolding requirements
- Respiratory protection standards
- Electrical wiring methods