One man was fatally injured on a job site in Shelby, North Carolina at a KSM construction site for a large company that is new to the area. The accident occurred at around 9:45 am Friday. The company, United Mechanical Corporation, is currently looking into what caused the accident.
Details of the Fatal Construction Accident
- According to WCNC, the preliminary investigation indicates shows that a 10-inch pipe struck the private contractor in the head when the cap was removed from the concrete casting.
- The company is an auto parts production facility, and the building remains under construction.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has already started an investigation into the death; OSHA workplace investigations typically take three-four months.
- The victim’s identity has yet to be released.
Workplace Injury Statistics
- According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,383 people died from work related injuries in 2012. The breaks down to 84 deaths a week or 12 deaths a day.
- Contract work accounted for 16 percent of all work related fatalities in 2012.
- It is estimated that four types of construction accidents, the “Fatal Four”, kill roughly 435 American workers every year:
- Falls – 278 deaths
- Struck by Object – 78 deaths
- Electrocutions – 66 deaths
- Caught-in/between – 13 deaths
Contact an Experienced Workplace Accident Attorney
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