Construction Zone Accident Prompts Investigation in Tennessee
The Tennessee highway patrol has openned an investigation an incidnet in which two construction workers were injured on an interstate.
About the Tennessee Construction Accident
Last Saturday, tractor-trailer hit a piece of scaffolding in a TDOT work zone at the overpass of I-440 and I-65.
According to the WKRN, the scaffolding was dangling off the side of the interstate due to the force of the crash. The two workers fell off the scaffolding onto the ground below.
The workers went to the hospital but there was no immediate word about their condition. The driver of the truck is not facing any charges at this time but an investigation is still ongoing.
Tennessee does have “move over” laws in place, which tells drivers to slow down and move over for utility and emergency vehicles. The driver is not facing any charges at this time.
Construction Injury and Death Statistics
All information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA):
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
- Fall protection in construction was the most frequently cited standard by Federal OSHA in 2015.
- The “fatal four” are the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the construction force:
- Falls — 349 out of 874 total deaths in construction 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocutions — 74 (8.5%)
- Struck by Object — 73 (8.4%)
- Caught-in/between — 12 (1.4%)