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Worker Suffers Injuries after Machine Falls into Trench


According to FOX25, a construction worker suffered serious injuries after driving his front-end loader into a trench at a construction site in Grafton, Massachusetts.

Rescue Required Technical Strike Team

The 50-year-old man was operating a front-end loader while working on a water line for a new house when the accident occurred. He drove over a trench and the loader overturned, trapping him inside, reports FOX25.

A technical rescue crew was called in to help free the construction worker from the machine. After three hours, the crew was able to free the man, using chains and securing the trench to ensure his safety.

According to FOX25, the man was transported to a local hospital where he was taken into surgery. Another construction worker said the man suffered a broken hip in two places.

Workplace Injury Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

  • In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job.
    • On average, more than 92 workers were killed every week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2014, 899 were in construction.
    • 39 out of the 899 (4.3%) deaths were due to a worker being caught-in/between equipment or an object.
  • The leading cause of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry is falls (39.9%).

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