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Washington Worker Dies After Construction Accident

Lilibeth Ramirez2 years ago

A 38-year-old man died at the scene of a construction accident on the Swedish/Edmonds campus last Wednesday.

About the Construction Accident

According to My Edmonds News, a construction employee was working with a compressed air tool while in a ditch when he was reportedly electrocuted.

The worker came in contact with a power line, triggering a power outage at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Neighbors reportedly heard a loud boom at the time of the outage, but Neil Neroutsos, a spokesman for Snohomish Country Public Utility District, states there is yet to be confirmation on whether a transformer blew.

The power outage affected the hospital and several Edmonds neighborhoods estimating to have affected 890 individuals. Swedish/Edmonds used backup generators until 2:24 p.m. when power was restored although power interruptions are still possible in the area.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has been notified of the accident and will conduct an investigation. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Swedish/Edmonds began work on a two-story, 77,000 square-foot facility that will feature a new emergency department and urgent care center with completion expected by fall 2015.

Construction Work Statistics

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided the following information

  • Out of 4,175 worker fatalities in 2012, 19.3% were in construction.
  • On average, electrocutions are responsible for 66 deaths a year.
  • Eliminating construction’s “Fatal Four” (falls, struck by object, electrocutions, caught-in/between) would save 437 workers’ lives in America every year.

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