Man Killed after Being Electrocuted at Construction Site

According to Fox 17, a construction worker was killed after being electrocuted during a driveway installation in Caledonia Township, Michigan, on Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s Department, Michigan OSHA Investigating

Michael Dieleman, 37, was working with his father’s company, T.F.C. Construction, when a large concrete float with a long extension pole made contact with a power line and a metal ground stake, according to Fox 17.

Dieleman was electrocuted and pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.

Construction Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrocutions, part of the “Fatal Four,” were the second most common cause of death (74 deaths or 8.2% of all fatalities) among construction workers in the private industry in 2014.

There were 899 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The complete “Fatal Four” includes:

  • Falls — 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
  • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
  • Struck by object – 73 (8.1%)
  • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
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