The California Highway Patrol is looking into the inspection history of the dump truck that backed over and killed a construction employee and pinned his co-worker on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, a tragedy that has devastated their employer, one of California’s oldest and largest construction companies.
Not long ago, a cable installer in Texas was climbing a ladder to work on some overhead lines. To waterproof the cable splices, he and his colleague used a silicone-based product, which left residue on the gloves, and the ladder rungs. As the worker descended the ladder, he slipped on the slick rungs and fell more than 13 feet, hitting the concrete below headfirst – a fatal injury.
Unions, open-shop builders and developers are expected to clash as New York City’s Housing and Buildings Committee of the City Council will hear 21 bills related to construction safety.
The bills would increase penalties for certain violations, require site-safety plans at buildings four stories and higher and—most controversially—mandate worker training programs.
Everett Copeland, 5, was killed after being hit by an unmanned, runaway construction truck in the driveway of his home in the Forest Ridge subdivision in Hillsborough.
District Court Judge Samantha Cabe sentenced the truck’s operator, Alejandro Suarez, 28, of Angier, to 65 days in jail – the maximum possible sentence was 75 days.
It happened early November. An iron worker with a construction company doing renovations for the Federal Aviation Administration was lifting a steel beam when one of the legs broke, bringing the lift and beam crashing down.
Two workers were rushed to the hospital after an accident at a Brightline construction site in Miami.
Miami Department of Fire-Rescue officials were called to a Metromover car near Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Fifth Street just before 1 a.m. They found that one person fell from a nearby crane boom, while another was left dangling from a ledge.
Employers and workers are invited to participate in the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction, to be held May 8-12. Sponsored by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training, the weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the work day to talk about fall hazards and prevention.
A 19-year-old female construction worker was killed last month in a work-related accident in west Bexar County, Texas.
A sheriff's deputy at the scene said that a backhoe operator didn't know the victim was at the bottom of a 15-foot hole when he dropped the digger into the hole, killing her.