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58-Year-Old Construction Worker Killed in Excavator Accident


construction worker standing in trench

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, a 58-year-old construction worker was killed on the job at a worksite in Fishkill, New York, on Saturday afternoon.

OSHA Investigating Fatal Work Incident

The accident occurred at the Gap Inc. distribution center, which was having work done due to damage caused by a fire in late August. James Parisella, 58, was operating an excavator when a piece of a steel beam and tin pierced the cab, striking him.

Parisella died at the scene of the accident, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. Environmental Remediation Services Inc. of Syracuse employed Parisella, who had vast experience in demolition work across the country.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the workplace death.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • On average, more than 92 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
    • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • One in five worker deaths in 2014 were in the construction industry.

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