Construction Worker in Critical Condition After 30-Foot Fall in Macon, Georgia
MACON, GA. — WJCL 22 reported that a construction worker sustained critical injuries after falling approximately 30 feet from a bridge in Georgia. The near-fatal work accident happened shortly after 1:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in Macon, GA. The badly injured worker is 44-years-old. Authorities did not articulate the nature of the injuries the man sustained. Deputy Sheriffs from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the incident. There was no information immediately available concerning the extent of the involvement of the Occupational Safety and Health Agency, OSHA, and whether they would also open an investigation.*
The preliminary information available from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office indicates that the injured 44-year-old construction worker fell while he was attempting to cross metal decking spanning a new bridge that is under construction. The construction site and bridge are parallel to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 16.
The initial reports suggest that the construction worker walked to the top of the bridge when the decking fell through. The construction worker plummeted 30 feet into a drainage ditch made of concrete. First responders rescued the fallen construction worker from the ditch and raced him to Medical Center, Navicent Health. The latest information available indicates the 44-year-old man remains in critical condition. There was no available information concerning whether the construction worker wearing a helmet, harness, or other protective equipment to prevent falling.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation. Specifically, authorities are trying to determine why the metal decking of a brand new bridge collapsed. The investigating deputies asked for people with information about the incident to call the Bibb County Sherrif’s Office and report what they know.
According to MCR Safety, two-thirds of all deaths on construction jobs are attributable to just four causes: falling, getting hit by something, being electrocuted, and caught in moving equipment. Falling is the most significant threat to construction worker safety and accounted for 38.8% percent of all construction worker deaths in 2015.
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Source:https://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-construction-worker-in-critical-condition-after-falling-30-feet-from-bridge/28962610 and https://www.mcrsafety.com/blog/five-shocking-construction-injury-statistics
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