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Construction Worker Killed in Clarksburg Industrial Accident

Maina Mehrotra8 months ago

Officials are investigating a fatal construction accident that left one worker dead in Clarksburg, Maryland.

About the Fatal Industrial Accident

On January 11, 2016 around 8:30 a.m., there was an industrial accident in Clarksburg, Maryland where a construction worker was killed.

NBC states that the victim, Glenn Edward Baugher III, 28, was pinned under equipment at Metro Ground Covers. He died on the scene.

A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, Pete Piringer, said to The Washington Post, it is possible the victim was struck by some equipment or a heavy trapdoor. There is an investigation being lead by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but as of now, no foul play is suspected. 

Statistics and Additional Information on Worker Injuries

The following information is provided by the US Department of Labor website under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • Around 5,000 workers were killed on the job in 2014 alone; averaging, approximately 90 a week, which is around 13 casualties daily
  • Around 800 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2014; averaging, approximately 15 casualties a week, which is around two Latino workers killed daily, all year long
  • 1 in 5 deaths last year were in construction workers
  • OSHA list the “Fatal Four” causes of construction accidents at:
    • Falls: 40% 
    • Electrocutions: 8.5%
    • Struck by Object: 8.4%
    • Caught in/ Caught between: 1.4%
  • Since 1970, OSHA has strived to make the workplace safe, reducing the casualty rate by 66% and the occupations injury rate by 67%
  • In 1970 there were about 38 worker death in a single days and that has significantly reduced to 13 a day

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