1 Dead in Houston Excavator Accident

A construction worker was killed in an excavator accident in Houston on Wednesday.

About the Houston Construction Accident

According to KPAC, the young man was part of a father-son team operating an excavator while demolishing a former restaurant on Hillcroft and Beverly Hill.

As they attempted to load the excavator onto a trailer, the younger man became trapped beneath the piece of heavy machinery and died.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

National Construction Accident Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This is equivalent to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • Of those, 4,175 deaths occurred in the private industry with 806 being attributed to construction accidents.
  • The four leading causes of death of construction workers in 2012 were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between
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