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Elderly Man Sustains Critical Injuries in Car-Pedestrian Crash

Joseph Meaney1 hour ago

pedestrian crosswalk signal

According to KSL, an elderly pedestrian was critically injured in a crash after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Spanish Fork, Utah, on Monday evening.

Details of the Pedestrian Injury Accident

The pedestrian accident occurred near 700 North Main Street at around 7:00 p.m. local time. Officials say a man in a crosswalk was narrowly struck by a vehicle before a second car crashed into him.

KSL reports that the vehicle attempted to avoid the elderly man but was unable to. The unidentified victim sustained a head injury in the crash and was taken to Utah Valley Hospital with critical injuries.

The driver, a 26-year-old male, remained at the scene and was uninjured in the collision. According to KSL, investigators have been unable to identify the man, although it is known that he has an implanted medical device.

Information on Pedestrian-related Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours and sustained injuries every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Ninety percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved a single vehicle.

Construction Worker Fatally Injured after Five-story Fall from Scaffolding

Joseph Meaney1 hour ago

construction worker in protective gear looking toward scaffolding at construction work site

According to WJLA, a construction worker was fatally injured on the job after plunging five stories to the ground in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

The construction accident occurred in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest near the intersection with Emerson Street at approximately 5:00 p.m. local time. Officials say a man fell five floors while working on scaffolding on the building.

WJLA reports that the worker was unconscious and was given CPR following the fall. The worker was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

According to WJLA, the construction worker later died from injuries sustained in the fall. The identity of the worker is being held pending notification of next of kin.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • 4,836 workers sustained fatal injuries on the job in 2015.
    • 937 of these fatalities occurred in the private construction industry – the highest total since 2008.
  • In 2015, 17 percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity rather than for their direct employer at the time of the fatality.
  • Fatal falls to a lower level accounted for nearly 40 percent of fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.

Two Trucking Company Workers Hospitalized in Explosion

Joseph Meaney1 hour ago

ambulance with emergency flashers on

According to the Altoona Mirror, two men were injured on the job after an explosion goes off at a trucking company in Duncansville, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday afternoon.

Cause of Trucking Company Explosion Unknown

The workplace accident occurred at the Metzler Bros. LLC trucking company located at 709 Second Ave at around 1:20 p.m. local time. Emergency crews responded to an explosion at the business and found a man trapped inside a fuel tank.

Fire officials say two employees were cleaning the gas tank, used to haul fuel, when they were injured by an explosion. The Altoona Mirror reports that one of the workers then fell three-to-four feet into the tank. It is unclear how the second worker was injured. The trucking company employees were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Initially, fire officials were unsure that an explosion had even occurred at the business. According to the Altoona Mirror, it was later confirmed that an explosion went off. Residents and workers nearby said they heard a loud bang at around the time of the workplace accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be launching an investigation into the accident. A spokeswoman said the trucking company had no previous history with OSHA.

Information on Workplace Injury Accidents

The following information regarding on the job accidents is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • A total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2015.
  • The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015 was lower than the previous year.
  • 121 workers were killed due to a fire or explosion while on the job in 2015.
  • In 2015, there were 722 fatal workplace injuries due to contact with an object or equipment.

4-month-old Baby Fatally Injured in DUI Crash

Joseph Meaney1 hour ago

glass of liquor next to car key

According to KSL, a four-month-old baby was fatally injured in a crash after the driver of the car drunkenly crashes off the road in Provo, Utah, in August.

Details of Fatal Drunk Driving Crash

The drunk driving crash occurred in the morning hours of August 4 on North Oakmont Lane. Thirty-year-old Chelsea Fuller attempted to make a turn but lost control of her car, crashed into a tree and rolled over.

The front-seat passenger in her car, 39-year-old Susanne McClellan, was holding her four-month-old daughter, Brylee, in her lap. The baby suffered severe injuries in the crash, including head trauma, spinal cord damage, and broken bones. Sadly, the child succumbed to her injuries. KSL report that her mother sustained skull fractures and various broken bones and cuts.

McClellan told responding officials that the child was in a car seat at the time of the crash and that she wasn’t sure who was driving, according to KSL. After finding out that her baby had passed away, she told police the truth of what occurred in the crash.

KSL reports that a witness arrived later at the scene and told police he offered McClellan a car seat and a ride home. Fuller had a blood alcohol concentration of .233 at the time of the fatal wreck, nearly three times the legal limit. Fuller took a plea deal admitting to automobile homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She faces five years in prison.

McClellan was also charged with obstructing justice and negligent homicide, according to KSL.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

Semi-Truck Slams into School Bus, Hospitalizing One

Joseph Meaney1 hour ago

tractor-trailer driving toward man in car at an intersection

According to WTSP, an adult was hospitalized after a school bus was hit by a semi in San Antonio, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon.

Truck Driver Found Negligent

The injury accident occurred on State Road 52 underneath the overpass of Interstate 75 at around 5:00 p.m. local time. A school bus was traveling westbound on SR 52 when it was struck nearly head-on by a tractor-trailer attempting to turn onto the southbound interstate on-ramp.

WTSP reports that five children were on the bus at the time of the crash, but none of them were seriously hurt. The driver of the bus was uninjured in the wreck, but another adult on board was injured in the crash and taken to Florid Hospital Wesley Chapel.

Officials say the semi-truck driver impatiently drove around a car in front of him in the left turn lane before crashing into the bus that was driving in the opposite direction. WTSP reports that the driver, 43-year-old David A. Dunlop, was found to be negligent and was charged with failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

Information on Trucking Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

3 Killed As Construction Accident Shuts Down Key Largo Neighborhood Monday Morning

Zachary Cura1 hour ago

According to a news report by NBC Miami, three construction workers were killed at a construction site in Key Largo Monday morning.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies determined that the workers became trapped when they went underneath a newly paved road to see why it was settling.

The three workers were identified as Elway Gray, Louis O’Keefe, and Robert Wilson. Leonardo Moreno, a volunteer firefighter, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami as a result of his attempt to try and help rescue the three workers.

Two deputies were also taken to the hospital for observation for precautionary health measures. Homes in the area were also evacuated as a precautionary measure in order to bring in HAZMAT teams from Miami-Dade County for help.

Sheriff’s office officials are still trying to determine the cause of death for the three workers, but believe that it was a likely a combination of methane and hydrogen sulfite that caused their deaths.

Linda Seymour, a witness to the incident, said, “It’s horrific, I wouldn’t want to see this no matter where I was at. I feel bad for the workers and families that had to go through it”.

The incident remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014 – this averages to more than 92 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • Of those killed on the job in 2014, 4,386 were employed in private industry and 899 worked in construction.
  • Among the leading causes of death at construction accidents were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by Object
    • Caught-in/between

Construction Worker Killed in Accident at University Site

Milton You3 hours ago

A construction worker died last week after an on the job accident at the University of Kentucky’s new student center.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Michael Persichitti, 47, a subcontracted by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal of Lexington, was killed after falling from a height of 30 feet off the roof of a building he had been working on.

This accident took place at the University of Kentucky Student Center renovation and expansion site on Avenue of Champions at Lexington Avenue, around 11 a.m. last Friday, January 13th 2017.

Construction was suspended for the rest of the day and while no harnesses are believed to have been “involved” in the accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting its own investigation.

On the Job Injury Statistics

According to the 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released by the U.S. Department of Labor, there were a total of 4,836 fatal work injuries recorded for the year – a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries reported the previous year in 2014.

Falls to a lower height accounted for roughly 40% of all fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.

In 2015, there were a total of 648 fatal injuries sustained from falls to lower levels, with 8% of them comprising falls at a height of 26 to 30 feet. Notably, of the cases where the fall heights were known, more than 40% of them were from heights of 15 feet or less.

Texan Man Charged in Fatal Vehicle Crash Incident

Milton You3 hours ago

A man from Leander, Texas has recently been detained in connection with a fatal accident in Pennsylvania that occurred Friday.

Details of the Fatal Accident and Resulting Arrest

According to KEYE-TV, Alan Kegal, 56, a worker for the Dallas-based Mega T Logistics, was taken into police custody after striking and killing Zivko Lakic, 24. Kegal has been charged with an accident involving death, reckless driving, and failure to report an accident to police.

This accident took place on Interstate 81 northbound near Exit 57 between Middlesex and Mechanicsburg, around 6 a.m. last Friday morning on January 13th 2017.

Kegal allegedly hit Lakic while he was standing outside his trailer truck, sideswiping it before killing Lakic, and subsequently departed the scene. He was apprehended by authorities three hours later at the Flying J truck stop off the interstate.

Pennsylvania Accident Statistics

  • According statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 127,127 traffic crashes reported in the state in 2015.
  • These accidents claimed the lives of around 1,200 people and injured 80,004 others.
  • Every day in 2015, 348 reportable traffic crashes occurred, with 3 people being killed and one death reported every 7 hours.
  • Statistically, one out of 44 people in Pennsylvania were involved in a reportable traffic crash, while 1 out of 10,669 people were killed and 1 out of 156 people were injured in 2015.

Alcohol Considered Factor in Fatal San Antonio Collision

Shelby Scroggins3 hours ago

According to News 4 in San Antonio, Texas there was a fatal accident on the Northeast side of the city. The driver was driving the wrong way and is suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Details on the San Antonio Crash

According to police the accident occurred 4:30 a.m. on interstate 35 North and Walzem Road.

Police stated that the pickup truck was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-35 when it hit a Mazda 6 head on. The driver of the Mazda 6 died at the scene of the accident and the passenger in the Mazda 6 was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The southbound lanes of I-35 were closed for about 3 hours after the accident.

According to New 4 the police are still investigating the accident, drunk driving may have been a contributing factor.

It is still unknown if any charges have been filed.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,531 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2015 – this averages to one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
  • Alcohol was determinded to be a factor in 960 of those deaths, and 581 deaths were attributed to head-on collision.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2015.

Viral Video Sparks Conversation on Wall Anchoring Furniture

Clara Rose Ulken4 hours ago

A dangerous accident involving a family in Utah, whose 2-year-old son was trapped under a fallen dresser until rescued by his twin, has inspired increased awareness for home-safety for children.

About the Utah Incident

A dresser fell on top of a 2-year-old boy who was rescued by his twin brother who, after a small struggle, managed to push the shelf enough for his brother to free himself.

Kali Shoff, mother to the twins, released a tape of the incident that happened to be caught on the babycam to raise awareness for the potential danger of unsecured dressers or cabinets.

How to Wall-Anchor Furniture

KSHB News explains that hardback furniture can be fastened by drilling a hole into the wall then securing the furniture to the wall with a lag bolt and bit. It is suggested that this be repeated for all corners of the furniture as needed.

Flimsy back furniture can be fastened with an L bracket. Anchors and furniture straps are also sold at most hardware stores.

John McCarthy, a member of Charlie’s House which was founded by parents of a child lost to a tipping furniture accident, claims that 24,000 kids per year visit the emergency room due to tip-overs.

He also states that around one child dies every two weeks due to a tip over.