Details of the Workplace Fatality
Jason Sanderson, 28, worked at a construction site at 907 Tremont Street at approximately 2:00 p.m. when the accident occurred. Officials say Sanderson worked on an underground water line, cutting pipes with a circular chop saw when the saw jolted back and struck him in the neck.
The saw severely cut Sanderson in the neck, according to The Boston Globe, causing a fatal injury. Sanderson received treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth before being pronounced dead.
When the accident occurred, another worker was present in the hole where the pipes were being cut. According to The Boston Globe, no foul play is suspected in the deadly accident.
According to a woman who identified herself as the victim’s sister, Sanderson had the day off and helped with the project to make some extra money for his family.
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.