According to the Daily Herald, two construction workers were injured on the job after falling 30 feet in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday.
Details of Construction Accident
A construction crew was working at the site of the new Provo High School at 1300 N. Lakeshore Drive when the accident occurred. Two men were helping set up an I-beam on the new school when the beam failed, causing the workers to fall to the ground.
The Daily Herald reports that the men fell about 30 feet. Both men remained conscious throughout the aftermath of the fall, but they sustained injuries to their arms. Nobody else at the site was injured in the accident.
The cause of the fall or the I-beam failure is unclear at this time, reports the Daily Herald.
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.
- Fatal falls accounted for 359 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
- Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
- Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
- Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.