One Person Dead at Springfield Landfill
A city worker died in an accident at the Springfield Landfill on Wednesday morning.
Details about the Landfill Accident
The victim, who has been identified as 53-year-old John Choate, was airlifted to the Mercy Hospital in Springfield just after 11 in the morning on Wednesday, but he later died that afternoon at the hospital.
In a press release from the city, it is stated that the Springfield Police Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and will release more information as it becomes available. Officials have not given any word on how exactly Choate was killed.
The Department of Environmental Services that oversees the landfill will conduct an internal review of the accident as well.
The landfill was closed the rest of the day on Wednesday, and is expected to reopen Thursday morning.
On-the-Job Accidents in the United States
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- There were a total of 4.679 workers that were killed on the job in 2014.
- Falling is considered to be one of the “fatal four” types of accidents to happen.
- Fatality rates for workers in the United States has declined 66 percent since 1970.