Teen Dies in Construction Accident in Bleckley County, Georgia (GA)
BIBB COUNTY, GA- According to 13wmaz.com, a teen who graduated from high school this year died in a construction accident this week in Bibb County. The young man was working at the Quality Inn located on Chambers Road when the sign he and other workers were suspending fell.*
Three workers were struck by the sign, but the teen was the only one to suffer fatal injuries in the accident.
The victim attended the Bleckley County High School, which he graduated from this year. More than 200 people attended a ceremony to honor the teen, and family and friends shared memories and prayers at the vigil.
The victim had recently become engaged to his long-time girlfriend, and the two were planning to wed in 2022. The boy's fiancé described the victim as a loving, outgoing, and fun person. His fiancé stated that she is changing her last name to his in his memory and honor.
Construction work is dangerous. Studies indicate that more than one in five people killed in workplace accidents are those working in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) writes that there are four types of construction accidents that account for well over half of all construction industry deaths. Such categories include falls, which killed 338 workers in 2018, being struck by an object, which caused 112 fatal injuries, electrocutions, which killed 86 workers, and caught-in/between incidents, which killed 55 people.
Putting an end to these types of accidents would save hundreds of workers' lives each year. In many cases, OSHA finds violations of safety regulations when it investigates worksite fatalities. Better training and adherence to safety standards can prevent many tragedies.
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