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Construction Worker Killed During Building Demolition


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According to WEAU 13 News, a construction worker was killed during a building demolition on Railroad Avenue in Chetek, Wisconsin.

OSHA and Chetek Police Investigating

Crews from the Wirth Brothers Excavating LLC were demolishing a building on Railroad Avenue when a wall unexpectedly collapsed, and Craig Wirth, 65, was hit by debris and killed, WEAU 13 News reports.

Construction Work-Related Fatalities and Injuries Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were:

  • Falls (39.9%)
  • Electrocution (8.2%)
  • Struck by object (8.1%)
  • Caught-in/between (4.3%)

These, known as the “Fatal Four,” were responsible for more than half (60.6%) of the construction worker deaths in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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