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Construction Worker Tragically Killed in Longwood, Florida (FL)


May 11, 2020

LONGWOOD, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that a construction worker died this week in an accident that took place in Longwood, Florida. The incident also injured another individual. Reports indicate that a crew was working on a sewer project and that the workers had been digging a trench along the roadway. While digging, the trench caved in, trapping two workers under the dirt.*

One of the workers was transported to the Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The other victim was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center and is reportedly in stable condition. 

An investigation into the tragic incident is still underway. 

When these types of incidents occur, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency responsible for investigating the events. According to OSHA, 5,250 people died in work-related accidents in 2018. That number averages out to more than 100 people dying in these incidents every week. Many of those killed died while working in construction. In fact, the construction industry accounted for more than one out of every five work-related fatalities in private industry. 

OSHA has identified four types of accidents that cause the most deaths in the industry. Those categories include workers falling, being hit by a falling object, electrocuted, or caught in between objects. According to OSHA, if the industry could put an end to these types of fatal incidents, it would save an average of nearly 600 people each year. 

When OSHA investigates, it often finds that the worksite has violated safety standards that could have prevented some of these tragedies. For instance, a lack of proper fall protection is one of the most common citations that OSHA makes.

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/05/04/2-construction-workers-injured-when-dirt-caves-in-on-them/

https://www.osha.gov/data/commonstats


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