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Man Dies in East Quogue Construction Accident

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

A resident of Riverhead, New York has died following an on-the-job accident which left him buried under a hill of mulch and dirt in East Quogue.

About the Fatal Quogue Accident

According to Newsday, 50-year-old Declan Boland was buried in a trench after the hill he was standing on collapsed.

Officials stated that a fire had started on the hill and the construction workers responded to put out the flames.

Southampton Town Police, the Suffolk Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, the East Quogue fire Department and Ambulance, Westhampton Ambulance and Hampton Bay Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Responders and fellow workers on site were able to pull Boland from the mound of dirt, but he was pronounced dead at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

Detectives and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Construction Accident Statistics

  • According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This averages to 84 deaths a week or nearly 12 deaths a day.
  • Of the 3,945 worker fatalities that occurred in the private industry, 775 (19.6%) where recorded at construction sites.
  • Among the most common causes of fatal accidents at construction sites are:
    • Falls – resulting in 278 of the 775 construction deaths recorded in 2012
    • Struck by Object – 78 deaths
    • Electrocutions – 66 deaths
    • Caught-in/between – 13 deaths


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