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Teen Killed in Cape Girardeau Construction Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A teenager was killed on the job Tuesday morning after being struck by a crane boom at a Cape Girardeau County job site.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

According to KFVS, 16-year-old Tristan James Wood was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 11:40 am Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated the accident occurred before 11 am at the intersection of County Road 272 and Highway P.

Though investigations are ongoing, authorities believe an equipment malfunction caused the crane to collapse. Crews contracted with Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division were performing construction on a bridge at the intersection.

National Construction Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA):

  • In total, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. This averages to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • Of all worker fatalities, 4,175 occurred in private industry and 806 in construction.
  • The top four causes of death in the construction industry were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between
  • These “Fatal Four” kill more than 400 workers every year.

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