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Man dies in crane accident on site of new medical offices

Most likely, the vast majority of Missouri residents get up to go to work never anticipating that their job could pose a serious danger to themselves. However, while many who are employed in the construction business may indeed contemplate the dangers they face, probably relatively few expect to experience a life-threatening injury. Unfortunately, a construction site accident -- including a crane accident -- can lead to serious or even fatal injuries.

In an ironic twist, a serious accident recently occurred on the site of the construction of new medical offices. While details have not been disclosed by investigators, the 20-year-old male victim was killed on the roof of the new building. According to reports, the man was killed when a crane that was moving a large vat of cement purportedly somehow failed to contain the load, and it fell on the victim, crushing him.

Construction accident kills 1, injures another

One of the most satisfying rewards for many Missouri workers may be seeing a project coming to fruition. That may be especially true for those whose labor results in a new structure. Unfortunately, these same workers face many hazards that can result in a serious construction accident.

Recently, such an accident befell two workers in another state. According to the reports, the men were engaged in helping to lay down new concrete for a facility intended to be used for volleyball games. For reasons that are still unclear, the concrete pump that the men were using somehow caused the men to suffer critical injuries. When emergency responders arrived on scene, one man, a 26-year-old, was pronounced deceased from his injuries at the work site.

OSHA involved after man falls from roof and dies

Working in construction and home improvement can be a risky undertaking. In spite on the precautions that one may take to avoid hazardous conditions -- as most Missouri workers know -- not every accident can be anticipated or prevented. When a serious workplace accident occurs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, frequently conducts an investigation as a means of preventing further injuries in the future.

Recently, OSHA investigators arrived at a worksite in another state where a fatal accident had occurred. According to the initial reports, a man was employed with a company that had been contracted by a building owner to replace or repair the structure's roof. The workers had purportedly been on-site for a few weeks with no reported incidents. However, one of the workers apparently fell an estimated 35 feet from the structure to the ground.

OSHA conducting investigation after fatal accident at company

Any time one works around heavy machinery, there is a danger of suffering a serious work accident, even though most companies have safeguards in place to protect employees. When an accident does occur, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is likely to conduct an investigation to determine what went wrong. In Missouri and elsewhere, workers are still injured on the job through no fault of their own.

Unfortunately, one worker in another state was killed recently when he was attempting to help move a piece of machinery. According to the initial reports, the man was crushed when the 26-ton machine part somehow slid off of a forklift. The man was apparently under the machine at the time.

Workplace safety inspection leads to heavy fines for violations

Those who are employed in the industrial field face many hazards due to the nature of the job. However, the majority of employers exercise due diligence in an effort to ensure workplace safety. Unfortunately, there are some work environments that pose a greater danger to the well-being of employees. There are likely many Missouri employees who have suffered a work-related illness or injury through no fault of their own.

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted a safety inspection of a paperboard mill after receiving a complaint about possible hazards. The resulting inspection ended in the company, Carthage Speciality Paperboard, being assessed more than $357,000 in violations for penalties. OSHA inspectors reported finding approximately 61 violations related to improper safety equipment on machinery, inadequate gear and protections, and inadequate training for some personnel.

Tunnel worker injured in another construction accident at site

Throughout the warmer weather months, the sights and sounds of construction can be a sign of a thriving economy and healthy job market. However, this type of labor comes with its own inherent risks and dangers, which can result in a construction accident and a worker suffering a serious injury. There are likely many Missouri residents who have been injured on the job and need to rely on the workers' compensation program to stay afloat financially.

Recently, a large tunnel project claimed yet another victim when a worker suffered serious injuries. The accident occurred in the early morning and was purportedly caused by an unstable scaffolding. The structure tipped for unknown reasons, and a 58-year-old man fell approximately 15 feet.

Man suffers serious arm injury in construction accident

Construction work may be a rewarding job when plans are completed and a new structure is ready for use. However, it can also be a dangerous undertaking that can cause significant injuries, such as occurred in another state recently when a man suffered an arm injury. When a Missouri worker is seriously injured on the job, workers' compensation attorneys can provide assistance in these challenging circumstances.

Recently, a man was reportedly injured while working inside the confines of a hole for laying piping. Though details were not clarified, the man suffered serious injuries to both of his arms. Described as a crush type injury, they were apparently caused by a pipe and resulted in his limbs being partially amputated.

OSHA updates some rules for workplace injury and illness reports

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with overseeing every aspect of worker safety -- including tracking illnesses caused by work environments. In order to improve its ability to monitor instances of a work-related accident or illness, OSHA recently implemented new guidelines for employers. These new rules were implemented to safeguard the rights of workers here in Missouri and across the country to report on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

The new provisions have two components. The first element is to make sure that certain employers submit reports of an injury or illness electronically along with the required paper reports. This new requirement went into effect at the first of the year.

Workplace safety: Professionals attend trench safety course

Following up on our blog post about a fatal December trench collapse from Jan.4 ("OSHA says most trench collapse fatalities preventable"), utility crews, first responders and contractors flocked to attend a safety training course in Missouri on a recent Thursday. Approximately 100 professionals who have had enough of senseless deaths in trench collapses attended this workplace safety course to address the issue. A 30-year-old single parent of an 8-year-old boy died when an unprotected trench collapsed on him in December.

Under federal safety laws, trenches with a depth exceeding five feet need shoring, trench boxes or other ways of securing the walls to prevent collapse. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, safeguarding an excavation is a quick process that should not be neglected. An OSHA director said employees must refuse to enter unprotected trenches.

Man suffers injuries after construction site accident

Many of those who choose to work in the construction field have the satisfaction of seeing their labor come to fruition in the form of a completed building. However, there is also the risk of suffering serious injuries in the event of a construction site accident. Sadly, many Missouri workers have been a victim of a workplace accident through no fault of their own.

Recently, emergency responders were called to the site of a new building in another state intended to house Facebook employees. According to the reports, a worker was making his way across steel decking several floors up. For unknown reasons, the surface became unstable, and the worker lost his footing.

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