Boston Building Collapse Injures Two
About the Building Collapse
The Boston Globe is reporting that two workers have been taken to Tufts Medical Center after sustaining non life-threatening injuries on Thursday morning. The Boston Fire Department said that one of the workers suffered a serious head injury.
The 33-story building in Boston’s Chinatown district collapsed around 8:30 a.m. Fire officials say that the building’s twelfth floor “pancaked” all the way to the fifth floor. All 120 ironworkers, laborers and carpenters that were inside the building during the collapse had been accounted for by late morning.
Inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the city and the state are all examining the building to determine what caused the collapse. The building, scheduled to be completed in mid-2015, was supposed to be a residential tower. A sign posted on the property says that it is owned by Stuart Street LLC.
Possible Cause of the Collapse
An update from the Boston Herald says that investigators are looking into a heavy load of rebar supplies placed on the 12th floor as a possible cause of the collapse. Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Herald that the rebar had been placed there as part of preparations to pour concrete.
OSHA records show that the general contractor working on the building, John Moriarity and Associates Inc., has been issued $44,283 in fines for 21 workplace violations since 2005.
OSHA Workplace Injury Statistics
According to OSHA, 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012. Construction deaths consistently represent the large percentage of on the job fatalities. Furthermore, OSHA says:
- 16.9% of 2012 worker fatalities in private industry were in construction
- The “fatal four” causes of death: falls, struck by object, electrocutions and stuck in/between something are responsible for three out of five construction worker deaths.
- 36% of construction worker deaths are caused by falls.
- 10% of construction worker deaths are caused by being struck by an object.
- 9% of construction worker deaths are caused by electrocutions
- 2% of construction worker deaths are caused by being caught in or between somewhere.