Construction Worker, 27, Dies after being Run Over by Bulldozer

construction foreman applying first aid bandages to construction worker

According to The Dispatch, a construction worker was killed by a bulldozer at a construction site in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, on Saturday afternoon.

Details of Workplace Accident

Justin Holmes, 27, was operating a bulldozer at a student apartment housing site on Bardwell Road when the accident happened. At around 12:30 p.m. local time, Holmes fell from his bulldozer and was run over.

According to The Dispatch, Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Holmes worked as a large equipment operator for Burns Dirt Construction. The project manager was unsure how Holmes fell from his machine.

Results of an autopsy are expected in around a week, potentially shedding light on the cause of the fatal accident.

On the Job Accident Statistics

According to 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.
  • On average, more than 92 workers are killed every week, or 13 deaths per day.
  • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 39 worker deaths per day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.

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