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San Jose Construction Worker Killed in Fall

Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

A man died Wednesday after falling three stories at a San Jose construction site. This is the second fatal fall at a Bay Area construction site in two days.

About the San Jose Construction Accident

According to the Mercury News, the construction worker was unloading sheetrock when he fell. Police and fire fighters responded to the scene around 12:08 pm, shortly after the incident. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is currently unknown what led to the man’s fall and who owns the construction site.

The day before, 54-year-old Elias Vera, from Fairfield, fell 9 feet while working at a construction site on McCown Avenue, in San Mateo.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating both accidents and making sure that the construction companies followed necessary safety protocols, including proper training, proper equipment use, and safety precautions.

Construction Accident Statistics

  • According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by stuck object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
  • These four causes were responsible for 54% of construction worker deaths in 2012.
  • 34.6% of construction site deaths in 2012 were falls.
  • 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
  • On average, there were 89 deaths a week, or 12 deaths every day in 2012.

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