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Man Killed in Edmonds Construction Accident

Mary Wolff2 years ago

According to Edmonds News, an unidentified man died last week after being electrocuted during a construction accident at the Swedish/Edmonds campus. The accident also triggered a power outage to the hospital and several surrounding Edmonds neighborhoods, including the downtown area.

About the Fatal Edmonds Construction Accident

The victim was working in a ditch with a compressed air tool on Wednesday when there was a loud boom. The 38-year-old died at the scene and the outage affected about 890 customers.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries was notified of the accident and will be conducting an investigation. According to Edmonds police, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner will respond to examine the scene and victim to determine the cause and manner of death.

In the spring, Swedish/Edmonds commenced building on a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will showcase a new emergency department, as well as a new urgent care center.  Completion of the new building is expected in fall 2015.

Construction Industry Injury Statistics

Information provided by U.S. Department of Labor:

  • In 2012, there were 806 deaths in the construction industry.
  • In the same year, there were 4,383 injuries in the construction industry.
  • The four leading causes of death in the construction industry were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by Object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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