The 2016 case of a worker killed by an electric shock while repairing a ceiling light fixture came to a close recently, with an administrative law judge affirming OSHA citations issued to the man’s employer.
The fatality involved a worker who was untrained in electrical safety work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) judge ruled that Jersey City Medical Center willfully failed to train the employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform.
A 24-year-old Wisconsin man died last week at an Amazon construction site in suburban Wisconsin after falling approximately 30 to 40 feet, police said.
Police received a call at 10:09 a.m. for an industrial accident at the future Amazon site. Zachary Dassow of Kansasville, Wisconsin, was operating a four-wheel ATV on an upper floor and drove it out a window, falling more than 30 feet, according to police.
A construction worker died after he fell June 21st from the flyover being built over Beltway 8 near Highway 288 in the Houston area. The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. along the South Beltway feeder road heading west toward Highway 288, according to Harris County Precinct 7. Houston firefighters say than man fell at least 30 feet from above, but it is not clear exactly where he fell from. They tried CPR on him when they arrived at the scene, but he did not survive.
A teenager who graduated from high school last month was killed July 2nd in a warehouse incident in Indiana.
News sources say 18-year-old Timothy “TJ” Rich Jr. died at an Aldi warehouse in Greenwood. Rich was loading a truck when a dock plate – a device used to bridge the gap between a truck and the warehouse floor – came down, killing the teen.
A Long Island, New York construction company faces nearly a quarter of a million dollars in penalties in the death of an employee who was killed when a building he was working on collapsed.
OSHA issued willful and serious citations against Northridge Construction Corp., with proposed fines of $224,620.
Two employees of New York City Transit (NYCT) were struck by a subway train – one fatally - because the Rail Control Center failed to let the train dispatcher and tower operator know that flaggers were on the track. That’s the conclusion of a just-released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on the incident, which occurred on November 3, 2016 in a tunnel between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stations.
Second employee suffers electrical shock while trying to help co-worker
July 5, 2019
OSHA inspected the company in December 2018 after an employee was electrocuted while using a damaged portable lamp when cleaning the inside of a metal tank. A second employee suffered electrical shock injuries in an attempt to assist the injured co-worker. Inspectors determined that the lamp's cord had exposed bare conductors, and the lamp was unsuitable for use in wet locations. They also found a damaged extension cord used to connect the lamp to power.
An Arizona Public Service (APS) employee was killed this week in a fire following an explosion in an underground electrical vault in downtown Phoenix. News sources say 41-year-old Ricardo Castillo died in the incident, which happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. on June 30. Another APS employee was able to escape the fire but suffered burn injuries to his hands and face.
A recent spate of construction deaths in the U.S. illustrate the dangers faced by workers in the industry – in a variety of circumstances.
A fall from a highway killed a worker in Harris County, Texas June 21. News reports say the man, a subcontractor with Choctaw Construction who was from Mexico, fell to his death at the Highway 288 expansion project being developed by Blue Ridge Transportation.