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Officials Investigate Fatal Stratford Construction Accident

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Camara Thomas2 years ago

A 57-year-old man is dead following a construction accident at the Sikorsky Airport in Stratford, Connecticut.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Connecticut Post, Antonio Simoes was a foreman and laborer for Manafort Brothers.  He was working on their latest job site trying to expand and relocate as busy run way at Sikorsky Airport when the accident occurred.

Simoes was a in a trench cutting through a water main when the blade from the saw he was using kicked back and stuck him in the neck. The paramedics pronounce him dead on the scene.

This accident is under investigation as officials determine what caused the blade to kick back; there are many departments involved on this investigation ranging from local police all the way to the U.S. Department of Labor/ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHSA). 

The runway was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade the drainage system, remove hazardous waste, and repair the runway last month.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013 – this averages to 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths each day.
  • 4,101 of those deaths occurred in private industry and 828 were linked to construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of death in the construction injury were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between


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