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.