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A 23-year-old Houston, Texas, Worker Dies After Falling from Scaffolding

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
English: Corn Hill Scaffold Scaffolding suppor...

English: Corn Hill Scaffold Scaffolding supports the Corn Mill, the car park to Wolverhampton railway station in the background. 928985 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The tragic incident that took the life of a 23-year-old worker from Houston, Texas, on Monday, September 12, 2016, was first reported as a collapsed scaffolding accident. Further reports show that the man fell from scaffolding that he was attached to with a harness. Parts of the scaffolding fell with him. It’s believed the weight of the scaffolding pulled him down. Fellow workers attempted to rescue him but were unable to. His body was quickly recovered by the Coast Guard near the Port of Texas City, where the work was being done.

When the tragic work fatality occurred, the worker was installing scaffolding on the docks. Each of the workers had an option to either wear a life jacket or a harness. The deceased was one of five contractors building the scaffold. Two witnessed the fall. No one else was injured.

The worker was employed by Excel Scaffolding, and he worked there for about a year. Excel notified the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as required. According to the company’s communications manager, OSHA was already on site in connection with a previous incident at the refinery.

Falls are the most common type of fatal work injury on construction jobs and yet they are considered preventable incidents. There were 291 fatal construction falls to a lower level in 2013. OSHA offers safety programs that focus solely on the dangers of falls in the workplace. Construction is the industry that is connected with the most fatal falls.

–Guest Contributor

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