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Construction Worker Dies after Accident involving Trackhoe

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According to the St. George News, a construction worker was fatally injured on the job due to a trackhoe mishap in LaVerkin, Utah, on Tuesday afternoon.

“Wrong place at the Wrong Time,” says Police

The workplace accident occurred at a park located on the corner of 900 North and State Route 17 near LaVerkin Creek at around 2:00 p.m. local time. A worker was marking off public utility lines when he was struck by a construction vehicle.

The St. George News reports that the man succumbed to his injuries at the worksite. The trackhoe operator was unaware of the man’s location when he struck the worker with the body of the machine as it spun around. Officials believe the incident was an accident and that there was no sign of malicious intent or impairment.

The deceased worker, who remains unidentified, was a veteran employee of the construction company, according to The St. George News. The information reported is from initial findings from law enforcement investigations. More information may be made available as the investigation unfolds.

On the Job Injury Accident Statistics

The following statistics are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • 4,821 workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2014. This averages to 95 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • 4,386 of those fatalities occurred in private industry and 899 were associated with construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job deaths are:
    • Falls (39.9% of total construction deaths in 2014)
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between

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