Construction Worker Killed at Mercedes Plant
About the Mercedes Plant Death
Police investigation is underway in Vance, Alabama regarding the accidental death of a construction worker at a Mercedes plant on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 22.
Homicide investigators were called to the scene at 1 p.m. that day. The identity of the worker has not yet been released, reported Fox 6 WBRC. The accident occurred in the area of a new hazmat building that is under construction at the Mercedes plant.
Investigators believe that the worker was on a metal roof before he fell 25 feet to a concrete slab below the structure.
Construction Death Statistics
- The Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that of 4,101 workers killed on the job in 2013, 828 or 20.2% worked in construction.
- One in 5 worker deaths in 2013 were in construction.
- The leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites are falls, then being struck by an object, electrocution, and finally being caught in or between something. These four causes are responsible for 57.7% of construction site deaths in OSHA’s 2013 data.
- Falls accounted for 302 construction worker deaths on the job in 2013.
- Lack of fall protection accounts for the most frequent construction site OSHA standards violations in 2014.