Worker Killed in Construction Accident at Site of New Embassy in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY – A construction worker was killed in an accident that occurred at the site of a new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, according to an online news report from citynews1130.com.*
A new embassy is in the process of being built on the west side of Mexico City, and the U.S. Embassy confirmed on December 3 that one worker at the construction site was killed and three others were injured in an accident. Few details about the nature of the accident were released, and the workers have not been identified.
The prosecutor’s office in Mexico City said a perimeter wall at the industrial site collapsed on the workers. The embassy issued a statement expressing its condolences to the families of the workers and saying it was working with local authorities to ensure that the accident was fully investigated. No additional information has been reported at this time.
Construction on the embassy complex began this year, and the project is scheduled to be complete in 2022. The project comes with a cost of almost $1 billion.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 4,693 worker fatalities occurred in the private industry in 2016. More than 20 percent of all these private industry fatalities were in the construction industry. In other words, one in every five workers who die in annual workplace accidents are in the construction industry. The leading causes of death for construction workers are part of what OSHA called the “Fatal Four.”
The Fatal Four includes falls (accounting for 38.7 percent of all construction fatalities), struck by object (accounting for 9.4 percent of all construction fatalities), electrocutions (accounting for 8.3 percent of all construction fatalities), and caught in/between (accounting for 7.3 percent of all construction fatalities). Eliminating the Fatal Four would save more than 600 American workers’ lives every year, OSHA says.
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Source:https://www.citynews1130.com/2018/12/04/1-killed-on-construction-site-for-new-us-embassy/ and https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
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