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Subcontractor Killed While Working at FSU Building

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A man was killed at a Florida State University worksite after becoming trapped between a building and a moving elevator.

About the FSU Construction Accident

According to FSU News, 25-year-old Travis Joseph Miller of Tallahassee was killed after  being trapped between an elevator and a building at the construction site of Florida State University’s Dorman and Deviney Halls on Woodward Avenue.

Authorities arrived at the scene around 12 noon Monday. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. University police are investigating the incident, and Miler’s death is currently listed as non-criminal. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating the incident. A spokesperson for OSHA stated that the agency requires contractors to report all work related casualties within eight hours.

Culpepper Construction had contracted Miller to complete plumbing work at the site. Culpepper has been reviewed nine times since 2004 and was fined by OSHA three times in 2010.

Construction Accident Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,628 work related deaths in 2012 – that averages to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 4,175 worker fatalities occurred in private industry and 806 were related to construction.
  • In 2013, OSHA completed 39,228 federal inspections and 50,436 state plan inspections.
  • The most frequently cited standards in 2013 were:
    • Fall protection, construction
    • Hazard communication standard, general industry
    • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
    • Respiratory protection, general industry
    • Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry


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