University of Alabama Stadium Construction Stopped in the Wake of Two Severe Worker Injuries
TUSCALOOSA, AL- Two construction workers sustained serious injuries in an accident that took place during construction on the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to CONSTRUCTIONDIVE.COM. The structural concrete beams fell onto a manlift that the victims were operating at the time.*
According to recent reports, one of the men is tragically paralyzed from the incident, and the other suffered massive head trauma. The project has been halted while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working to uncover the reason why the incident occurred.
The project was set on a tight schedule as the stadium was intended to be completed before the football season begins next September. The work being performed includes upgrades to the student concourse, the seating, the recruiting lounge, the locker rooms, and many other parts of the stadium. The finished structure will be capable of hosting above 100,000 fans at a time.
Many universities around the country are investing in their athletic facilities, adding more comfortable seating and high-tech training equipment.
According to OSHA, the construction industry is more dangerous than any other faction of the private sector in the United States. Workers on construction sites face high-risk situations on a daily basis, and over a thousand workers are killed annually in construction accidents.
In many cases, these accidents can be prevented by better efforts to implement and enforce safety-related regulations. OSHA investigators often find such violations when looking into the cause of construction site accidents. When employers fail to provide appropriate safety equipment, training, or supervision, the results can be hefty fines, horrible accidents or even fatalities. It is vital that safety protocols are always taken seriously and followed by workers.
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Source:https://www.constructiondive.com/news/two-workers-seriously-injured-work-halted-at-u-of-alabama-stadium-project/571117/ and https://www.osha.gov/data/commonstats