Houston Power Line Kills 2 Oilfield Workers
About the Fatal Construction Accident
- According to reports, the two oilfield workers were electrocuted and killed after a piece of industrial equipment touched a live power line at a work site in Houston, Texas.
- The names of two men electrocuted have not been released, Houston Fire Department Cat. Bruce Greenberg says that other workers tried to help the victims but they could not be saved.
- Further details on the accident have not been released but Houston Police say a crane suffered minor damage in the accident.
OSHA Construction Accident Statistics
- Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in the year 2012, 19.6% were in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Electrocution represented 9% of that 19.6% in construction fatalities.
- Other common causes of death at construciton sites included:
- Falls accounting for 278 out of 775 total deaths in construction in 2012.
- Struck by object accounting for 10% of construction related deaths.
- Caught-in/between accounting for 2% of construction related detahs.
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 16% of all fatal work injuries in 2012.
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, and general industry were among OSHA’s frequently cited standards violated in 2013.
- On average, 84 deaths occur every week – 12 deaths a day.