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Worker Killed in West Texas Demolition Accident

A demolition worker is dead following a fatal industrial accident at a West Texas job site near Brownfield, Texas.

About the Fatal West Texas Industrial Accident

According to ABC News, a 43-year-old man was killed after being crushed under a silo tank at a job site between Brownfield and Seagraves Thursday afternoon.

Reports indicate that Croft was operating an excavator as workers attempted to demolish the silo tank. The structure fell on him and the equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is set to investigate the accident.

Workplace Accident Statistics

  • According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This equivalent to roughly 84 deaths per week or nearly 12 deaths a day.
  • Of those 3,945 deaths occurred in private industry with 19.6 percent of all private industry fatalities were attributed to construction accidents.
  • The four leading causes of construction accidents were:
    • Falls – contributing to 278 of the 775 recorded construction fatalities (36 percent)
    • Struck by Object – 75 (10 percent)
    • Electrocutions – 66 (9 percent)
    • Caught-in/between – 13 (2 percent)
OSHA Investigation Statistics

OSHA is in charge of both investigating workplace accidents as well as conducting routine workplace inspections. Unfortunately the federal agency is reportedly short staffed.

Even with its state partners, the agency only has about 2,200 inspectors to oversee the health and safety of 130 million workers – roughly one employee for every 59,000 workers.

In 2013, OSHA was able to complete 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 state plan insections.

The 10 most frequently cited violations were violations of the following standards:

  • Fall protection
  • Hazard communication
  • Scaffolding requirements
  • Respiratory protection
  • Electrical (wiring methods and components)
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Ladders
  • Control of hazardous energy
  • Electrical systems design
  • Machinery and Machine Gaurding

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