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Man Killed in Squarish Construction Accident

Cydney Patterson9 months ago

Officials are investigating a fatal accident in which a worker fell from a brick façade of an apartment building project.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

Accordng to KIRO 7, Philip Rumsey lost his life Monday after a tragic accident at the construction site which he worked. Preliminary reports indicate Rumsey was working on scaffolding when a fell.

Rumsey was 46-years-old and worked for a subcontractor who was helping the Andersen Construction Company build the Atlas Apartments in Issaquah, Washington.

After the accident, the work site was shut down so the Issaquah police department and Labor and Industries could investigate the matter. According to Labor and Industries, the most recent inspection done on the company was back in March of 2016 when they were working on a site being built on Elliot Avenue in Seattle, Washington.

Records show that there have been several accidents and complaints between 2012 and 2016. Andersen construction has had ten inspections between 2013 and 2016 all of which said that the company had no violations.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • In 2015 there were 35,820 federal inspections while there were 43,471 state inspections
  • 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • Constructions “fatal four” falls, electrocution, struck by object, caught in/between.
  • Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have been reduced by more than 66 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.


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