Worker Tragically Dies in Work-related, Construction Accident in Birmingham, Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, AL- Wvtm13.com writes that a man fell and died in a work-related accident in Birmingham earlier this week. The victim was performing plumbing work on the rooftop of a six-story building when he fell off during the late morning.*
The authorities say that the victim hit an awning between the first and second floors and died at the scene.
The tragic accident is still under investigation.
Reports indicate the man was a 23-year-old from Cullman. The victim leaves behind a one-year-old daughter.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,147 people died in work-related incidents in 2017. On average, about fourteen workers die in accidents every day in the United States. When OSHA began, the death rate was much higher, with about 38 deaths a day.
Construction is one of the most hazardous areas in which to work. The heights, large machinery and equipment create the opportunity for many accidents to occur. The four most likely types of incidents referred to by OSHA as the “fatal four,” include falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and incidents where an individual is caught in-between objects or crushed. Falls account for the highest number of construction site deaths, with nearly 40 percent of all deaths resulting from this category.
The Administration writes that around 582 lives would be spared each year just by getting rid of the fatal four incidents.
Most of these deaths are completely preventable. In most instances, when OSHA investigates a workplace fatality, they find evidence of some form of safety violation. Safety regulations and protocols help significantly reduce work-related incidents. Employers should ensure they are providing proper safety training for workers.
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Source:https://www.wvtm13.com/article/cullman-man-falls-to-his-death-on-a-job-in-birmingham/30272556 and https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html