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.