2 Dead in Wayne County Industrial Accident

Two workers were fatally injured Monday evening as a result of an industrial accident at a plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Details of the Industrial Accident

According to WRAL, emergency crews were called to the SPX Transformer Solutions Inc. plant in Wayne County around 6 p.m. Monday.

Preliminary reports indicated that an employee who had been working on a transformer was unresponsive. Two employees who entered the transformer to aid the first worker also became unresponsive.

The deceased were identified as Dennis Martin, 51, and Daniel Craig Anderson, 33. The third worker, 40-year-old William Sariak, was reported to be in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Officials are unsure what caused the workers injuries; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is scheduled to investigate the incident.

On the Job Injury Statistics

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

  • 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014 – this averages to nearly 90 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • Of those deaths, 4,251 occurred in private industry and 874 were associated with construction incidents.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job fatalities in 2014 were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between

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