Florida Department of Transportation Suspends Work on I-4 Ultimate After Fifth Worker Killed
ORLANDO, FL- Consrtuctiondive.com writes that a worker was killed while working on the I-4 Ultimate, a $2.3 billion, 21-mile project located in Orlando. In addition to the worker who was killed, anther individual was injured. Work on the project started in 2015, and since then, there have been five workers killed while on the job.*
Reports indicate that the deceased worker was struck and pinned down by a beam. Another worker was hit in the head during the same accident. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the project has been suspended so that the appropriate agencies have an opportunity to investigate work on the site and to ensure that the companies carrying out the project are in compliance with all applicable laws and safety regulations.
OSHA is one of the agencies involved in the investigation of the companies. In cases where a company has suffered a high number of workplace accidents, OSHA may put the contractor in a program focused on increased safety monitoring of the job sites.
Other accidents that have taken place during the project include a 34-year-old worker being struck and killed by a dump truck in 2016, a 59-year-old man being struck and killed by a piece of steel in 2016, another man being fatally struck by a rebar cage in 2018, and another worker who was killed when he was hit in the head by a pipe earlier in 2019.
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in, and hundreds of accidental deaths take place on construction sites in the United States every year. While regulations have reduced the number of deaths over the decades, there is still plenty of room for safety improvements.
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