A construction worker was killed in an accident that happened at UVM.
Police say the man fell from the sixth floor of the six-story residence hall under construction, located right next to the hospital on the university’s main campus. The cause of the fall is currently under investigation.
UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey said the man had a harness on that was removed from him at the scene. When asked if the harness may have failed, Tuomey said investigators aren’t certain and that officials are still investigating the fall.
UVM says the man, whose name will not be released until his family is notified, was an employee of Engelberth Construction.
Construction on the building has been stopped while authorities investigate.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the effects of getting injured on the job can take much longer to recover from than the injuries themselves. In a report, OSHA states. “Workers earn $31,000 (15%) less over 10 years following an injury.” Furthermore, studies have estimated that approximately 50,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributable to past workplace exposure to hazardous agents, such as asbestos, silica and benzene. In comparison, about 33,000 people died in traffic crashes in the United States in 2013.”