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4 Workers Injured in Partial Roof Collapse

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Rachel Moody3 years ago

Four workers were hurt on Monday in the partial collapse of a wood-framed restaurant that was under construction in Foster City, California.

About the Construction Accident

Emergency crews were dispatched to Triton Drive around 10:30 a.m., where a Carl’s Jr. restaurant is under construction

The partial collapse involved the failure of a truss, a triangular structure that is used to support the roof. 

Two workers suffered moderate injuries when the truss fell on top of them, and two others had minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). 

The four victims were all male and have not been identified.  They work as subcontractors for R.C. Pacific Construction Inc. of Roseville.

Construction Accident Statistics

  • According to OSHA, 4,628 workers were fatally injured on the job in 2012. This averages to 89 deaths a week and more than 12 deaths a day.
  • 4,175 of the deaths occurred in the private industry with 806 attributed to accidents at construction sites.
  • Among the most common causes of death for construction workers are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between

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