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A Construction Contractor in Southeast Austin is Crushed by a Concrete SlabThursday, October 5th, 2017
On the morning of Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Southeast Austin, a construction worker was crushed when a concrete slab fell on him. Emergency crews went to the scene. Firefighters used drills, sledgehammers, and other tools to try to free the man from underneath the 30,000- to 40,000-pound concrete slab. They finally reached the worker, but he was already deceased and was pronounced dead at 10:01 am.
According to Division Chief Palmer Buck of the Austin Fire Department, the preformed concrete panel was going to be used for a parking garage that was being built. It wasn’t known at the time the fatal workplace accident occurred how the worker became trapped underneath the concrete slab.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an investigation, as it does anytime there is an on-the-job fatality. Conclusions and news of any proposed penalties for alleged safety violations are usually published several months after an OSHA inspection.
According to OSHA statistics, every year, more than 4,500 workers die in the workplace. The following are a few of many details from the 2015 OSHA report on fatal occupational injuries by industry, event, or exposure:
- The total number of workplace fatalities in the U.S. in 2015 was 4,836.
- The total number of fatalities in the construction industry was 937.
- In the construction of buildings, 175 workers died.
- Total number of roofing contractors that died was 87.
- A total of 167 building equipment contractors suffered fatal on-the-job injuries.
- In the manufacturing industry, 353 workers died.
- In the utilities industry, 221 people were fatally injured.
Employers have a duty to keep workers safe on the job. OSHA provides detailed safety guidelines on countless workplace activities. Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in.