Crane Kills Operator At Minnesota Construction Site
A Minnesota crane operator was killed Monday in a construction accident when his machine tipped over and trapped him inside.
About the Minnesota Construction Accident
- According to the Pioneer Press, the accident took place around noon outside of St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church (the structure they were building on).
- Cory Lewellin, 34, was operating the crane when its hydraulic outriggers failed after they sunk into the mud, causing the crane to tip over.
- The Minnesota OSHA is investigating the accident, as the case is still open.
Work Related Accident Statistics
- According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4,188 work related fataliites were recorded in the private industry for 2011 – 738 (17.6%) were in construction.
The four most common causes for construction worker deaths are:
- Falls – 259 deaths in 2011
- Electrocution – 69 deaths in 2011
- Struck by Object – 73 deaths in 2011
- Caugh-in/between – 18 deaths in 2011
- The Houston Chronicle has reported that the number of work related deaths recorded in Texas jumped up 23 percent last year with 531 fatalities reported.
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