Gas Leak Kills Construction Worker, Injures Another

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According to WSB-TV 2, two construction workers were caught in a manhole after a gas leak, killing one and leaving the other seriously injured.

Fellow Construction Workers Spring to Rescue

Two nearby construction workers heard the screams of Jerry Davis, 29, coming from the manhole near the construction site they were working on at E.E. Robinson Park in Gwinnett County.

Without hesitating, they jumped in to try and save Davis without knowing there was a gas leak. Davis succumbed to the poisonous gas before he could be saved. One of the construction workers who jumped in to help is still recovering in the hospital.

The other construction worker that jumped into the manhole told WSB-TV that the injured construction worker isn’t doing well, and that “he can’t speak or see.”

According to WSB-TV, OSHA has confirmed that they’re investigating the case.

On the Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), worker injuries and deaths have dropped dramatically since 1972 (10.9 incidents per 100 workers compared to 3.3 per 100 workers in 2014). However, accidents still occur at worksites across the nation.

  • 4,821 workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2014. This averages to 95 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • 4,386 of those fatalities occurred in private industry and 899 were associated with construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job deaths are:
    • Falls (39.9% of total construction deaths in 2014)
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between
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