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Fatal Construction Accident on FSU Campus

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A workplace accident on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) on Monday afternoon has left one construction worker dead, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

About the FSU Fatal Construction Accident

At 12:01 p.m. FSUPD received a call alerting them to a serious injury at the site of a new residence hall under construction on campus on Woodward Avenue. Authorities found Travis Joseph Miller, 25, dead at the scene upon their arrival. Miller was killed after he became trapped between a construction elevator and the building. Reports say he was working for Miller Plumbing as a subcontractor.

FSUPD says the investigation is being pursued as a non-criminal death and an autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

Construction Accident Statistics

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports a total of 4,628 workplace fatalities in 2012, a vast majority of which (4,175) occurred in private industry. In the private sector, OSHA reports about 806 (19.3 percent) of fatalities occurred in construction.

The four most common causes of construction worker death are:

  • Falls (34.6 percent)
  • Struck by object (9.8 percent)
  • Electrocutions (8.1 percent)
  • Caught-in/between (1.6 percent)


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