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Modesto Construction Worker Killed in Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A construction worker in Modesto was killed in an accident when he was hit by a falling metal beam.

Details about the Construction Accident in Modesto

A construction worker died on Friday morning in an accident at a building in the Beard Industrial District just southeast of Modesto that is currently being built, according to the Modesto Bee.

52-year-old Jose Magana, of Stockton, was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. Magana was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at about 8:42 a.m. at the construction site, according to the coroner’s office. The official cause of death is still pending.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal-OSHA, has been investigating a report that the victim was hit on the head by a falling beam or something similar, according to agency spokeswoman Julia Bernstein.

The investigation is ongoing and the details about the accident have not yet been precisely determined.

Magana was working for a concrete subcontractor for the project at the time of the accident.

Important Information about Construction Accidents in the United States: 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • There were a total of 708 worker-related deaths that involved contact with objects or equipment (such as falling objects). The largest proportion of fatal injuries in his category came from falling objects.
  • 130 of the deaths in 2014 were supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers.
  • The construction industry was the industry that had the highest number of deaths in 2014 with a total of 874. 


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