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Hazardous Materials Leaked at Construction Site, Evacuations Issued


According to NBC Bay Area, a hazmat incident occurred at an Antioch, California, construction site, spurring evacuations of the area on Thursday morning.

Crews Investigating Material and Quantity

Fire officials are currently assessing the situation in which a damaged piece of construction equipment exposed hazardous materials to the environment. A hazmat team is also present at the construction site.

NBC Bay Area reports that the material in question is radioactive. The scope and quantity of the leak is unknown at the time, as the story is developing.

No injuries have been reported so far linked to the leaked radioactive material. Workers at the construction site and the nearby Twin Creeks Apartments were evacuated.

According to NBC Bay Area, the evacuation was lifted before noon local time on Thursday. There is currently no information on if any construction workers were exposed to the hazardous material.

On The Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014.
  • On average, more than 92 workers are killed every week, or 13 deaths per day.
  • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 39 worker deaths per day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.

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