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Construction Company Fined $14,000 for Fatal Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Sutton, Nebraska construction company $14,000 in connection with a fatal accident that left a worker dead earlier this year.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Kearney Hub, Jesus Manuel Rodella, 36, was killed July 17 after being struck by an excavator bucket while working in a trench at the intersection of 18th Street and Grant in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Rodella and another worker, Louis Vigoni, 23, were installing storm-water drainage when the incident occurred. Vigoni suffered minor injuries. An investigation by OSHA found that Rodella had suffered puncture wounds when the bucket detached from the excavator and rolled into the trench.

Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, the employer of the two men at the time of the accident, was cited for failing to properly train workers on how to recognize unsafe conditions. It was also determined that the company had failed to teach employees how to access emergency medical services from a job site – it took responders more than 11 minutes to arrive on the scene.

U.S. Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by OSHA:

  • 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. This averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
  • Of those deaths, 3,929 occurred in the private industry with 796 occurring at construction sites.
  • The leading causes of death for construction workers were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between


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