3 Workers Struck by Girder, Injured at Former GM Plant
Three construction workers are being treated for injuries after being struck by a steel girder inside a former General Motors plant in Linden, NJ.
Details of the Accident
According to a report in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, police responded to reports of an accident early Wednesday morning. Three workers were on the ground with injuries when officers arrived. Police say one worker sustained a serious head injury, but it is believed to be non-life-threatening. All three of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Authorities are still investigating the accident to determine what happened. Six struts that support either the deck or ceiling two-story building appear to have collapsed. It is not know if the girder fell on the injured workers or if they were standing on the girder and jumped off when they felt it shaking.
The building is a 500,000 square foot warehouse that was the site of a former General Motors plant. The owners of the property, Duke Realty, began construction two months ago after a series of legal battles to redevelop the site.
OSHA Workplace Injury Statistics
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,383 workers killed on the job in 2012. Construction deaths consistently represent the large percentage of on the job fatalities. Furthermore, OSHA says:
- In 2012, 16.9% of worker fatalities in private industry were in construction
- The “fatal four” causes of death: falls, struck by object, electrocutions and stuck in/between something are responsible for three out of five construction worker deaths.
- 36% of construction worker deaths are caused by falls.
- 10% of construction worker deaths are caused by being struck by an object.
- 9% of construction worker deaths are caused by electrocutions
- 2% of construction worker deaths are caused by being caught in or between equipment.