Austin Worker Pinned in Elevator Shaft
About the Austin Construction Accident
“He was one of the workers working inside the elevator shaft when the elevator was activated, pinning his head between a concrete surface in that shaft and that steel of the elevator.” – EMS Commander Mike Benavides as published by KXAN
According to KXAN, EMS crews were alerted shortly after 10 am that a worker had been involved in an accident at the Colorado Tower building at 302 Congress Ave. Emergency crews rushed to the scene to find the worker with his head pinned between an elevator and a concrete surface.
Medics at the scene noted that the man had suffered significant crushing injuries while additional critical injuries were identified after the man arrived at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He is currently listed in critical condition.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident, though it may take up to six months for their investigation to be completed. It is believed that the man was working to remove old radio communications towers from the site – all work at the site was immediately halted.
Organization Notes High Rate of Injury at Texas Worksites
According to Christina Tzintzun with The Workers Defense Project, more than one out of every five construction workers in Austin have suffered some type of injury while on the job.
The organization also claims that Texas is the deadliest state in the country for construction workers with 126 construction related deaths recorded in 2012.
The Workers Defense Project workers with developers and city officials to ensure that construction workers are provided proper training.