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Cable Technician Crushed, Killed by Tipped-over Dump Truck

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According to KXAN, an AT&T technician died after being hit by a dump truck that tipped over at a housing subdivision west of Bee Cave, Texas, on Friday afternoon.

Company Cited in Three Inspections since June

David Jur, 46, was providing services to a home in the Sweetwater Subdivision when the fatal accident occurred. Jur, a technician for AT&T, was standing next to a dump truck nearby when it toppled over on top of him while dumping a load.

Jur died at the scene of the accident, reports KXAN. The driver of the dump truck was also hurt in the accident and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to KXAN, the back of the dump truck was in the act of extending to let a load go when it lost balance, tipping over onto its side. Investigators say the truck may have been parked on an incline before tipping.

The truck belongs to a construction company out of Lockhart that has a history of safety violations. KXAN reports that the company, 2015 Construction, has been cited for 26 violations since June, including a driver not having a proper license to operate the commercial vehicle – twice. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating these facts as well as the slope the truck was parked on prior to the fatal accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating, reports KXAN.

Workplace Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • 899 of these fatalities were in the construction industry.
  • The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
  • Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save approximately 545 workers’ lives every year.

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