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Two Workers Injured in Longfellow Bridge Accident

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Two workers were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon following a construction accident at the Longfellow Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Boston Construction Accident

According to the Boston Globe, the two men were working in a 35-foot-deep hole when chute funneling concrete collapsed on top of them.

The men were unable to climb the ladder leading out of the hole due to their injuries, requiring firefighters to use a Stokes basket to extract the men.

The men were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment.

Construction Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • 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 those fatalities, 4,175 were recorded in the private industry and 806 were in the construction industry.
  • The leading causes of death for construction workers, called the “Fatal Four,” are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between
  • These for types of accidents result in 437 construction worker deaths every year.

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