Construction Accident Leaves 24-Year-Old Dead
About the Construction Accident
According to CBS 6, William Brice Seay was working at a job site in Jetersville. Virginia located in Amelia County when he was fatally injured in a construction accident. The Glen Allen native had been attempting to secure metal straps around rafters so the crane operator could place the rafters on top of a home being built on Dash lane.
Witnesses state they saw lights flash and immediately afterwards heard a loud boom. Seay was reportedly electrocuted by what Southside Electrical Co-op officials say was 14,400 volts of electricity flowing through the lines at the time of the accident.
Perry Cosby, a witness, said workers and neighbors surrounded the victim after the accident while an unidentified man gave him CPR despite Seay being unresponsive. Witnesses called 91, but investigators confirm the victim died on route to a Farmville hospital.
Hunter Tate, who lives down the street from the construction site, says he knows what the family will endure in the weeks to come. “I feel sorry for his family and my heart goes out to them”, said Tate. Tate’s father was killed on a job site seven months ago when he fell from a beam and broke his neck after landing on his head.
Investigators state no charges will be filed. By law, Southside Electric has 24 hours to report the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Construction Accident Statistics
OSHA has provided the subsequent information:
- 19.3% of worker fatalities in 2012 were in construction.
- Construction’s “Fatal Four” include: falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught in/between.
- Electrocutions were responsible for 66 deaths in construction in 2012.
- Elimination of the “Fatal Four” would save 437 workers’ lives in America every year.