Construction Worker Killed in DFW Airport Elevator Accident

on the job accident

A construction worker was fatally injured Wednesday after falling into an elevator shaft at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Brownsville Herald, 55-year-old Craig Rowell was working as a construction subcontractor employee when he fell down the elevator shaft.

Rowell was rushed to a Fort Worth hospital but died overnight.

The work was being conducted in a walled-off section of the airport at Terminal A, near Gate 39.

The incident remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died in on the job accidents in 2014. This averages to 92 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • 4,386 of those deaths occurred in private industry and 899 deaths were attributed to construction accident.
  • Among the leading causes of death for construction workers in 2014 were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between
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