Construction Accident Kills Worker in San Francisco
Details of the Deadly Construction Incident
According to KKTV News, police are investigating the tragic death of a construction worker. The victim was a middle-aged man between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza stated that the incident was reported at 8:12 in the morning. The construction worker was standing on top of the cherry picker and somehow collided with the concrete ceiling above him.
Many of his coworkers were witness to the incident, and officer Esparza and his team are working closely with the witnesses in an effort to determine what happened and how it can be prevented from happening again in the future.
No other injuries were reported; however, due to the fact the death occurred at the workplace, the police’s Traffic Collision Investigation Unit, as well as the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, will be in charge of investigating the incident.
Construction Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by OSHA:
- In 2014, 4,679 workers were killed while on the job.
- On Average, almost 90 workers are killed a week, meaning more than 13 deaths occur every day on the job.
- Fatal injuries involving contractors accounted for 17% of all the fatal work injuries that occurred in 2014.
- Out of 4,251 worker fatalities that occurred in private industries in the year 2014, 874 were in construction.
- The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught-in/between.