Construction Worker Killed in Riverside Bridge Collapse
A recent bridge collapse in Riverside, CA that led to the death of a construction worker has authorities searching for answers. According to the Los Angeles Times, the railroad bridge collapsed around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.
About the Deadly Railroad Bridge Collapse
A construction worker identified as Okesene Faasalele, 59 of Long Beach, was in the process of cutting part of bridge when the bridge suddenly buckled causing Faasalele to fall on the 91 Freeway. Emergency crews transported Faasalele to a nearby hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the fall.
Faasalele was part of a contracted crew that was hired to demolish the bridge. Reports say he was wearing a safety harness attached to the bridge at the time of the accident.
A Caltrans spokeswoman, Michelle Profant, said the bridge demolition is part of a 6-mile project that will add carpool lanes to that stretch of highway.
Construction Worker Injury Facts
Construction work consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Workers can be injured in falls, struck by objects, electrocuted, and caught in/between objects. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls those four accident types the “fatal four,” and estimates them to be responsible for 54.2% of all construction worker fatalities.
In 2012, a total of 806 construction workers were killed while on the job, representing 19.3% of all workplace fatalities in the private sector. On average, more than 12 construction workers are killed each day.