Worker Killed in Indianapolis Construction Accident
About the Indianapolis Construction Accident
According to WTHR, 25-year-old William Isaac Simpson was killed early Friday morning in a construction accident inside Indianapolis’ Deep Rock Tunnel Connector.
Simpson was working about 250 feet below downtown Indianapolis, roughly seven miles from the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector entrance, when the accident occurred.
Citizens Energy and Water would not comment on the nature of the accident, but did say that the accident happened around 3:00 am and that eight to ten other workers were with Simpson at the time of the accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident, and Indiana’s Department of Labor states that it has not recorded any previous problems with the contractor involved in the construction.
Work has been halted while the investigation is underway.
U.S. Construction Accident Statistics
- According to OSHA, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012 with 4,175 fatalities occurring in private industry.
- 806 deaths (19.3 percent of all private industry fatalities) occurred in the construction industry.
- 54.2 percent of construction worker deaths were linked to four causes:
- Struck by object