OSHA Investigates Fatal Industrial Accident in San Leandro
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation of Volvo Construction Equipment and Services in San Leandro, California following the death of 48-year-old John Jacini.
About the Volvo Industrial Accident
According to the Merced Sun-Star, Jacini was crushed to death by a front-end wheel loader at the Volvo construction equipment dealership around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jacini, a field service technician, was working under the loader which had been lifted up onto support stands when the equipment reportedly slipped and fell. When emergency responders arrived, they found Jacini crushed beneath the loader – he was pronounced dead at the scene.
OSHA is conducting an investigation into the accident as they try to determine the exact course of events that led to the accident, and whether Jacini’s death was preventable. The company has no prior indications of safety violations.
Workplace Injury Statistics
- According to OSHA, 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012. That is roughly 84 deaths a week or nearly 12 deaths a day.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded an additional 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012 – 2.1 million (75.2%) occurred in service industries.
- In 2013, OSHA conducted 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 18(b) state plan inspections.