Three Dead in North Carolina Construction Accident
Details of the Accident
WSOC-TV reports that the workers were dismantling scaffolding on the exterior of the 11-story Charter Square high-rise in downtown Raleigh when a piece of the scaffolding, known as a mast climber, fell off with the workers still on it.
In a 911 call made around 11 a.m., the caller stated that the men fell an estimated 200 feet and that they believed all four workers were dead. However, when responders arrived to the scene, they found that one of the workers, Elmer Guevara, 53, was was still breathing.
The other three workers, Jose Erasmo Hernandez, 41, Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez, 33, and Anderson Almeida, 33, died at the scene.
Records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate that Associated Scaffolding, the scaffolding subcontractor for the project, has been issued two serious safety violations in North Carolina in the past two years.
Construction Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013 – an average of 85 deaths per week or more than 12 deaths per day.
- 3,929 of those fatalities occurred in private industry and 796 were associated with construction incidents.
- The leading causes of death among construction workers were:
- Struck by object