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2 Workers Killed at Winters Construction Site

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Two men were killed Friday morning when they fell from a crane at a Yolo County construction site outside of Winters, California.

About the Winters Construction Accident

A CBS affiliate reports that the two men were pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a crane while working on a bridge project near Railroad Avenue and Wolfskill Road.

Fire officials stated that the two men were in a “man basket” that was attached to the crane when, for an unknown reason, the basket detached from the crane and fell to the ground below.

Recovery efforts were delayed as the two men’s bodies were precariously positioned at the footing of the bridge; however, both bodies were recovered Friday afternoon.

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident along with the Winters Fire Department, the Dixon Fire Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

U.S. Construction Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • In 2012, 4,628 workers were killed on the job. This averages to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths a day.
  • 806 of the 4,175 worker fatalities recorded in private industry occurred in construction.
  • The four leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites, dubbed the “Fatal Four”, accounted for 54.2 percent of construction worker deaths in 2012.
  • The “Fatal Four” includes:
    • Falls
    • Stuck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between


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