Three Workers Hurt in an Electrical Accident near NYC Museum
About the Electrical Accident
The accident occurred Tuesday morning on a pier outside of the Sea, Air, and Space museum in Manhattan.
A statement from a spokesman for the museum, Luke Sacks, said the workers were performing repairs on an outside power supply when the accident occurred. Two employees and one volunteer sustained what Sacks described as minor injuries. Two of the victims were taken to a local hospital with burn injuries to the arms. The third victim was treated at the scene.
Earlier in the day, the museum had said its opening was delayed due to power outages. Following the accident, the museum was closed for the remainder of the day.
The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum is home of the U.S. aircraft carrier Intrepid as well as the space shuttle Enterprise. Each year, the museum receives approximately 1 million visitors.
Worker Injury Statistics
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that in 2012, the worker fatality rate was 3.4 per 100,000 full-time workers, or a total of 4,628 workers killed on the job that year. Averaged out, about 12 worker deaths occurred each day or 89 each week. OSHA notes that Latino workers accounted for 748 fatalities in 2012. In fact, at least two Latino workers died on the job every single day.