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Officials Investigate Utah Construction Accident

Tyler Goodwin1 year ago

Officials are investigating a fatal construction accident that left one man dead in Park City, Utah.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Park Record, 39-year-old Jesus Garcia Hermosillo was killed last month when he was struck in the neck by a metal shard at a worksite near the base of Canyons Village.

The incident happened sometime before 11:10 a.m. on August 18 as Hermosillo was working with a saw while installing a pipe into the ground. A shard broke away from the pipe and cut his neck, according to Park City Fire Battalion Chief, Ray Huntzinger.

When the incident first occurred, Hermosillo’s coworkers and law enforcers tried to give first aid; unfortunately, he was pronounced dead around 11:20 a.m., according to a release.

According to Huntzinger, the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still investigating the accident.  

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,585 workers were killed in on the job accidents in 2013 – an average of 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • Of those killed, 4,101 were employed in private industry and 828 worked in construction.
  • Among the leading causes of death for construction workers were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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