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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Midland Construction Accident

Investigators are looking into a Midland construction accident that left one man dead and other injured.

Details of the Midland Construction Accident

According to city spokeswoman Sara Bustilloz, the two workers were demolishing a brick wall when they were involved in a scissor lift accident.

Investigators said the accident occurred when the wall collapsed on to the lift that held the two men, causing it to fall. The men fell 20 feet to the ground.

Both workers were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital – unfortunately, one of the workers, identified as 26-year old Fabian Garduno-Martinez, died from his injuries.

According to the Midland-Reporter Telegram, the accident occurred around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at a former Chase Bank Building located at 2301 West Wall Street.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,405 on the job deaths were recorded in 2013. This averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
  • 3,929 of the worker fatalities recorded in 2013 occurred in private industry with 796 were linked to the construction industry.
  • Among the leading causes of death cited in the construction industry were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between

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