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2 Dead in Boonton Landscaping Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Authorities are investigating a fatal accident that left two landscapers dead in Boonton, New Jersey.

About the Denver City Accident

According to CBS News, two landscapers died Wednesday afternoon after they became trapped in an excavated hole outside of a New Jersey home.

The incident occurred around 3:45 pm. The two workers, Oscar Portillo and Selvin Zelaya, were excavating a drainage pipe on Rockaway Valley Road when the trench they were in gave way – they were trapped under roughly 10 feet of dirt.

The two workers’ bodies have since been recovered. Reports indicate that a third worker was also involved in the incident and is being treated at a Boonton hospital.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the collapse.

Workplace Injury Statistics

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded 4,405 workplace fatalities in 2013. This averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
  • 3,929 of these deaths occurred in the private industry with 894 deaths linked to construction work and 473 linked to specialty trade work.
  • Among the most common causes of workplace injury are:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between


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