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Construction Worker Killed in Accident at Iowa Job Site

January 10, 2019

MARSHALLTOWN, IA. – A construction worker was tragically killed in an accident at an Iowa job site, according to an online news report from*

The Marshalltown Deputy Fire Chief confirmed to reporters that a construction accident occurred at a Marshalltown Co. job site. One worker, 37-year-old Christopher Charles Ehrenhard, of Ottumwa, Iowa, died in the accident. No information has been released about the cause or circumstances of the accident. 

Ehrenhard was an employee of Bridge City Construction of Ottumwa, and services were planned for December 7 at the Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa. No additional information has been reported at this time. 

“Marshalltown Co. extends sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of the construction worker who was the victim of a fatal accident while working for a subcontractor hired to complete our building expansion,” John Christen, of Marshalltown Co., said in an email. 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 4,693 worker fatalities occurred in the private industry in 2016. More than 20 percent of all these private industry fatalities were in the construction industry. In other words, one in every five workers who die in annual workplace accidents are in the construction industry. The leading causes of death for construction workers are part of what OSHA called the “Fatal Four.”

The Fatal Four includes falls (accounting for 38.7 percent of all construction fatalities), struck by object (accounting for 9.4 percent of all construction fatalities), electrocutions (accounting for 8.3 percent of all construction fatalities), and caught in/between (accounting for 7.3 percent of all construction fatalities). Eliminating the Fatal Four would save more than 600 American workers’ lives every year, OSHA says. 

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