Construction Worker Killed in Wichita Accident
About the Construction Accident
Joshua Loux, a 41-year-old and a father of seven, was killed on Friday shortly before 10:30 am in a construction accident in downtown Wichita.
He was working on a space in the 100 block of North Rock Island in the Old Town District that was to be converted into apartments when he was killed in an accident.
According to KWCH, Loux and another worker were on a pulley-type service elevator with no walls when Loux fell from the platform.
He had only been working with Restoration and Waterproofing Contractors for a couple of weeks in what was his first full-time job in two years after being laid off from a previous position.
Work Fatality Statistics
The following statistics were taken from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 15% of all fatal work injuries in 2012.
- Out of 4,175 worker fatalities in private industry in 2012, 806 or 19.3% were in construction.
- The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls at 34.6%, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
- These four causes of death were responsible for 54.2% of construction worker deaths in 2012.