Two Hospitalized Following Construction Accident at Mather Airport

Construction Accident

According to The Sacramento Bee, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said that two people were sent to a hospital on Thursday morning after a metal beam fell on them at an Mather Airport construction site.

About the Construction Accident

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received reports of a collapsed building at the airport near Bullard Street and Superfortress Avenue around 10:50 am, as stated by Maurice Johnson, fire district assistant chief.

However, after fire district personnel entered the building, responders found that a building had not collapsed, but rather a beam had in fallen on the pair at one of the airport’s hangers, Johnson reported. Julia Bernstein, a Cal-OSHA spokeswoman stated that the incident occurred when the injured workers lost control of the beams as they were attempting to connect the iron beams.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,824 workers were killed on the job in 2014, roughly 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,386 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 20.5%, or 899 deaths, occurred in construction.
  • The four leading causes of death at construction sites were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between
  • These four causes result in roughly 518 deaths each year.
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