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1 Dead in San Rafael Construction Accident

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

According to the Marin Independent Journal, hazardous work conditions killed one employee of a California construction firm.

About California Construction Accident

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has fined Maggiora & Ghilotti Inc. of San Rafael $38,350 and issued the company three citations for dangerous work conditions that contributed to the accidental death of construction worker Jared Overfield, 28. The employee was crushed by an 8,000-pound steel pipe on the job at a Petaluma construction site on April 15, reports the Marin Independent Journal.

The director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker, stated “this fatality could have been avoided had the required safety measures been in place for working at a hazardous location.

Cal-OSHA reported that the accident occurred when Overfield was working with a forklift operator to replace and old water pipe along Highway 101. The pipe was moved without securing it to the forklift and there were no barriers to prevent it from rolling. The massive pipe rolled off of the fork and crushed Overfield.

Citations issued to Maggiora & Ghilotti Inc. by Cal-OSHA include failing to recognize and plan for the hazardous transportation of the steel pipe, failing to survey ad plan for the hazards of uneven ground, and not securing the pipe during transport.

Construction Death Statistics

  • The Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that of 4,101 workers killed on the job in 2013, 828 or 20.2% worked in construction.
  • One in 5 worker deaths in 2013 were in construction.
  • The leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites are falls, followed by being struck by an object, electrocution, and finally being caught in or between something. These 4 causes are responsible for 57.7% of construction site deaths in OSHA’s 2013 data.
  • Lack of fall protection accounts for the most frequent construction site OSHA standards violations in 2014. 


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