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Construction Worker, 53, Killed in Fall from Building

construction worker in protective gear looking toward scaffolding

According to multiple media sources, a construction worker suffered fatal injuries after falling off a building under construction in downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Monday afternoon.

Details of Workplace Accident

Officials say two men were working on a building on College Street between Presa and La Soya Streets when the accident happened. The men were in a box being lifted by a forklift when the box tipped, causing the construction workers to fall.

Media outlets report that the men fell between 60 and 75 feet to the ground. One worker, 53-year-old Gilbert Villanueva, died at the scene of the accident. He suffered from severe blunt force injuries. The other construction worker was injured critically and taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

The fire department chief said the box contained various construction equipment, reports media sources. One of the men was struck by the box as it toppled from the forklift. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the fatal work accident.

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.
    • 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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