Construction worked trapped under street sweeper tragically dies

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News4Jax.com reports that a construction worker was killed last week after he became trapped under a street sweeper in Hastings. The Florida Highway Patrol said the 69-year-old man was working on a paving project when he was run over just before 10:30 a.m. at Morrison Road and State Road 207.  State Road 207 was blocked off in the area for several hours as emergency crews tried to save the man, who was trapped beneath the sweeper. By the time they got to him, it was too late. One witness who owns a neighboring business told news4jax that they were repaving the road out here, and there were a lot of men working out there, and lot of trucks hauling the asphalt and the millings.  Troopers said the construction worker, whose name was not released, got pinned underneath a street sweeper.  The paving project had been going on for about a week.  Construction on the road resumed after the scene was cleared.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this man who died tragically.

According to OSHA, out of 4,251 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 874 or 20.5% were in construction― simplifying that – one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.1%) the construction worker deaths in 2014*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 508 workers’ lives in America every year.

  • Falls – 349 out of 874 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
  • Electrocutions – 74 (8.5%)
  • Struck by Object – 73 (8.4%)
  • Caught-in/between – 12 (1.4%)

Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY2015

  • Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  • Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200
  • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  • Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  • Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  • Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  • Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  • Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
  • Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303)

What are the 4 mind sets that can cause a construction accident?

According to onesitesafety.com, they are the following:

1)            Rushing

Employees often feel constant pressure to complete tasks as quickly as possible so that they can move onto the next task or finish the day early. Rushing reduces the quality of workmanship and increases the chances of not following the correct safety steps to complete tasks. Accidents increase on Fridays, holiday weekends or when jobs are behind schedule.

2)            Frustration

Frustration is a mindset that almost everybody experiences at some point in life. Having the right tools to manage frustration and turn negatives into positives is key to being able to avoid accidents and injuries. Creating a workplace that prevents frustration from developing is key. Employees can get frustrated at poor procedures, bad communication, wrong or insufficient materials and problems at home.

3)            Fatigue

Fatigue greatly reduces production and performance. A tired driver is said to be as dangerous on the road as a drunk driver, which illustrates the dangers of fatigue. It is very important to identify when a worker is fatigued to take the correct cause of action. A great danger in hotter climates is heat stress, which causes fatigue and can result in death. Having heat stress safety plans are an essential training topic for all work forces.

4)            Complacency

Complacency can be the most dangerous mindset that results in an injury or accident. The first step to an accident involves the false belief that experience makes you invulnerable. Accidents can happen to anybody at any time and one’s sense should always be finely tuned to each situation’s risks. A false sense of security is the result of poor training and following bad practices, which leads to accidents.

We hope that the company, OSHA or whomever is investigating this horrible accident can find out the reason for the accident, and hopefully this will not happen again.

If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, contact Edwards & Ragatz for a free consultation at (904)399-1609, toll free at (800)366-1609 or through our website: https://www.edwardsragatz.com

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