Tragic Fort Leonard Wood Construction Accident Kills Worker
FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO- Kentucky.com writes that a construction accident in Fort Leonard Wood tragically killed one person this week during the mid-afternoon. According to reports, the incident involved a crane.*
The victim, who was a civilian, was rushed to the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, where he died a short while after the accident. Another individual suffered injuries in the incident as well. The identity of the victims has not been reported at this time.
Cranes can be dangerous pieces of equipment, and according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, 44 people were killed every year in crane accidents between 2011 and 2015.
A little over 50 percent of these incidents were the result of a worker being struck by equipment or objects. In many of those cases, the object that struck the victim fell, in most cases, from the crane. In other instances, the worker fell to a lower level causing the fatal injuries.
The industry with the most crane accidents was private construction. Manufacturing also had a large share of these deadly events.
In more than one out of every five crane accidents, the victim was the one operating the machine.
Cranes are used on many modern construction sites and are capable of moving and lifting heavy loads. This equipment is a necessary part of both the modern construction industry as well as manufacturing. However, cranes are also dangerous and must be used properly by workers with the appropriate training and experience. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards that must be met when workers use this type of equipment.
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