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Man Dies in a Construction Accident at GlobalFoundries Plant

Lucrecia Guerra2 years ago

Construction at one of New York's largest construction sites has been suspended following the death of a construction worker, according to an article in the Albany Business Review.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

A subcontractor working for Danforth Construction recently died in a fatal accident. He was working on a construction project at GlobalFoundries, which is a multi-billion-dollar computer manufacturing plant in Saratoga County, New York. Construction was suspended on Thursday, June 27 follwing the fatal accident pending an investigation; however, computer chip production was unaffected by the construction stoppage.

According to the New York State Police, the subcontractor, who was identified as Michael R. Hauf, sustained fatal injuries while he was installing an industrial air exchanger with a crew of five other people. The crew was installing the exchanger the fourth floor.

Hauf was working on a project that began in 2009 to create a research and development center for GlobalFoundries. The project is currently one of the largest construction project in New York. Around 3,000 workers part of the project. More than 2,400 employees have been hired by to staff the new facility. 

Construction Fatalities Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

  • In the year 2012, there were 849 construction worker fatalities
  • In the year of 2012, there was a 15% increase in fatalities from the previous year. 
  • In the year of 2012, 18% of workers involved in construction suffered injuries. 
  • In the year of 2012, 12% of the total labor injuries were caused by a falling object. 

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