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Construction Worker Injured after Being Trapped in Excavator


According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a worker at a construction site in Ladue, Missouri, received serious injuries after a chimney collapses on the excavator he operated.

Help Included a Structural Collapse Rescue Technician

The construction worker was demolishing a building on South Price Road when the accident occurred. At around 10:30 a.m. local time, part of the building’s chimney crashed onto the man’s excavator. The man and the machine were crushed by bricks, cinder blocks, and other debris.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the man was trapped in the machine for nearly two and a half hours. The man remained alert and was able to communicate with rescue crews, but he was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Fortunately for the trapped construction worker, a physician from Washington University who specializes in victims in structural collapses helped in the rescue. The worker received IVs during the rescue, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and was assisted by more than a dozen fire departments.

On The Job Injury 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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