CONCORD, MA- The ccenterdispatch.com reports that a construction worker was killed in an industrial accident at a school in Massachusetts. The worker, a 55-year-old man,had been using a boom truck when he was hit by a crane.*
The fatal accident took place at the Willard Elementary School on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Early investigations indicate that the man was not in a vehicle when he was struck. The accident seems to be the result of a mechanical failure. The man was from Sutton, but other details were not released.
Cranes have often been the cause of fatal accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2011 and 2015, 220 people died in accidents involving cranes. On average, 44 people are killed in crane accidents each year in the United States.
A little more than 50 percent of all crane accidents involved objects or equipment striking the person. In most cases, the object or equipment fell onto the worker.
The largest share of crane accidents occurred in private construction.
In 22 percent of accidents,the person killed was the operator of the crane.
Construction workers have a fairly hazardous job. In 2016, 21.1 percent of all work-related fatalities occurred in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction’s “Fatal Four” are four categories of accidents that are common in the construction industry. Together, the “Fatal Four” caused 63.7 percent of fatalities within the construction industry. The list includes “falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.” By eliminating these four accident categories, OSHA estimates that around 631 people’s lives would be saved each year.
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