Worker Suffers Head Trauma after Hit from Metal Beam
According to the New York Daily News, a 56-year-old construction worker was hit in the head by a metal beam at a work site in Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
Full Stop Work Order Given for Site
The construction worker was standing on a flatbed as metal beams were being loaded onto the truck. At around 8:00 a.m. local time, the man was struck in the head with one of the metal beams, knocking him out and sending him to the ground.
When the police arrived, the man was unconscious and unresponsive, reports the New York Daily News.
The incident occurred at a construction site at 2 Bloomfield St. near the Hudson River.
The man was transported to Bellevue Hospital with severe head trauma, and according to the New York Daily News, he is currently in critical condition.
Construction Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, 899 or 20.5% were in construction.
- The four leading causes of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry – or the “Fatal Four” – were
- Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths, or 39.9%
- Electrocutions – 8.2%
- Struck by Object – 8.1%
- Caught-in/between – 4.3%