Construction Worker Trapped in Concrete Mixer for 2 Hours
A 22-year-old construction worker sustained serious injuries fell into cement mixer in Boston on Thursday, where he remained trapped for hours.
Responders Struggle to Free Trapped Construction Worker
First responders rushed to a construction site in Boston on Thursday to rescue a worker who reportedly got caught in a cement mixer. Investigators say it was one of the strangest technical rescues they’ve ever seen.
Firefighters carefully cut his foot out of the cement by hand because no power tools could be used to rescue him, due to the delicacy of the operation. The extraction of the worker took about two hours.
The worker was taken to a hospital, and investigators are looking for how the accident could’ve been prevented.
Construction Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014. This averages to about 92 a week or more than 13 deaths per day.
- Of those deaths, 4,386 occurred in private industry and 899 were linked to construction accidents.
- Among the leading causes of work-related deaths were:
- Struck by object