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Worker Fatally Injured in Saratoga Construction Accident

Rachel Moody2 years ago

A worker was fatally injured last Thursday at the construction site for GlobalFoundries’ $8.5 billion computer chip manufacturing plant in Saratoga County, New York.  Construction has been suspended at the site since the accident occurred. 

About the Saratoga County Construction Accident

According to the Post Star, Michael R. Hauf, 54, of Saranac, New York, was a subcontractor employed by John Danforth Construction.  He was fatally injured while working as part of a six-man crew that was installing an industrial air exchanger into a fourth floor opening of the facility, located in Malta, N.Y. 

According to State Police, Hauf was killed shortly after 6:30 p.m. when a piece of the equipment that was being moved fell on him. 

The construction at the site has been going on since 2009.  It includes a 90,000 square-foot extension and the addition of a 560,000 square-foot Technology Development Center, where new research and development will take place. 

The expansion is one of the largest construction projects currently underway in New York.  Roughly 3,000 construction workers are on-site each day.  GlobalFoundries has also hired more than 2,400 employees to run the factory, which produces computer chips.

National Construction Statistics

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

  • In 2012, a total of 4,628 workers were killed in workplace accidents – this averages to 89 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 4,175 of the fatalities occurred in private industry with 806 of the deaths occurring in construction.
  • The most common causes of death at construction sites included:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between


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