In Durkeeville, Florida, at the construction site of a new senior community, one worker was killed and another seriously injured in an accident, Action News Jax reports.
One worker, believed to be in his 40s, died and another 30-year-old worker was seriously injured by falling on his back. The injured worker was transported to UF Hospital, while the other worker was pronounced dead on the scene.
No details about the incident leading to the injury and death have been officially released, but Charlie McCloud, who lives next door to the future Mary Eaves Apartment building set to open this summer, was on his front porch when it happened. “It was all quiet, next thing you know you hear — I won’t say a loud boom — more like a popping sound,” McCloud told Action Jax News.
OSHA has launched an investigation into the incident.
The company overseeing the project, Summit Contracting Group, has been hit with OSHA violations in the past. The most recent citation was served in February of 2016, stating, “The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that could cause death or serious physical harm to employees, in that employees were exposed to a fall hazard while working on scaffolding.” The administration found that the contracting group was operating with 25-feet fall hazard due to unsafe and ineffectively constructed scaffolding.
Both workers were employed by M&R Construction, subcontractors to Building Materials and Construction Services.
According to OSHA’s Department of Labor statistics, one in five worker deaths reported in 2015 were in the construction industry. The majority were caused by construction’s “Fatal Four:” falls, followed by being struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between, respectively. OSHA advises that if the risks of the Fatal Four were eliminated, 602 American lives would be saved every year.