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2 Construction Workers Killed on the Job in North Carolina

Mario Rosales1 year ago

Two construction workers were killed while working on a drainage project in Wilmington, North Carolina.

About the Wilmington Construction Accident

According to WITN, the accident occurred Wednesday morning September 30, when the track hoe made contact with a power line leaving the ground on which the workers were standing on energized.

Authorities were called to the scene in on Dogwood Lane around 8:00am. The track hoe operator remained on the equipment until officials were able to shut off power to the area – the operator was not injured.

The deceased were identified as James Williams, 55, and Manuel Flores, 49. Both were residents of Onslow County.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014, averaging to 90 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths per day.
  • 4,251 of the fatalities occurred in private industry and 874 were linked to construction.
  • The leading causes of death in construction were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by Object
    • Caught-in/between

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