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12 Workers Hospitalized in Oakland Building Collapse

At least 12 construction workers were injured Friday morning as a result of a partial building collapse in Oakland.

Workers Help Rescue Trapped Colleagues

According to ABC 7, the collapse occurred in the 3000 block of Broadway, trapping between 15 and 20 construction workers.

The incident occurred as crews were completing a cement pour from the second floor. Workers at the scene immediately put up a ladder and began placing pieces of plywood on the wet cement in an attempt to aid their trapped colleagues.

12 of the construction workers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

A spokes person for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said a complaint-based inspection was conducted in March but was closed without any citations being issued. A follow-up investigation is underway.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

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