One Dead, Two Injured in Sherman Construction Accident

One person is dead and two others are critically injury following a construction accident at the River Ranch Apartments in Sherman, Texas.

Workers Electrocuted When Flagpole Comes in Contact with Power Line

According to the Herald Democrat, a work crew was attempting to move a flag pole located in front of the apartment complex when wind caused the pole to fall onto a power line.

All three workers were transported to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and one of the workers later died of his injuries. The other two were then transported to the burn unit at Medical City Plano.

The scene has since been cleared.

Officials have not released the identities of the individuals involved in the accident, but early reports suggest they may have been members of a plumbing crew working at the apartments.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between
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