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Construction Worker Shocked, Burned After Striking Power Line


construction foreman applying first aid bandages to injured worker

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a construction worker suffered from burns after an electrical accident at a worksite in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, on Sunday morning.

Workplace Accident Investigation Ongoing

A construction crew was working on a renovation project at Mt. Lebanon High School when the accident occurred. An underground power line to the school campus was struck by crews digging in the area. A worker was shocked by an arc flash, suffering from electrical injuries and burns.

The man was transported University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for significant injuries, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The power lines to the campus were damaged in the accident, cutting power to the high school. Classes were cancelled on Monday as power is restored, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

On the Job Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • 899 of these fatalities were in construction.
  • On average, more than 92 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths every day.
    • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

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