Construction Worker Injured by Falling Cinder Block
A construction worker was sent to the hospital last Friday after a being struck by a falling cinder block at a Brooklyn, New York job site.
Details of the Construction Accident
According to the New York Daily News, the accident happened around 1:30 pm near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Dean St. in Ocean Hill.
The cinder block was said to have fallen five feet before striking the man in his head. He was rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma.
The police stated that two other men were killed earlier this year in construction accidents that occurred in Brooklyn. Alex Santizo fell to his death after debris struck him in the head at a job site on April 1, and on April 21, Luis Mata died while dismantling scaffolding at a West Village condo building.
Construction Accident Statistics
- According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in ten construction workers are injured every year.
- Between 2002 and 2012, 19.5% of all workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry.
- Sixty percent of construction workplace injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment.
- The construction industry is #2 in the United States for fatal injuries in workers younger than 18.
- The job with the highest injury rates in the construction industry is ironwork.
- The most-violated OSHA standard is fall protection.