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CDC: Experienced supervisors need for dicey tree felling projects

The death of a 21-year-old tree feller, working from a bucket truck as part of a small tree-felling crew, might have been avoided had the contractor ensured that the crew was led by a person with substantial experience in tree felling, and if crews had been equipped with satellite phones to ensure communication with the supervisor and medical emergency services was readily available, according to an evaluation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. The tree-felling crew was charged with taking down an 80- to 90-foot, fire-damaged oak tree located below ... Read More

Asphalt company fined after worker death in slat/drag conveyor

Western Engineering Company Inc., was fined $89,032 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following an investigation into the death of an employee. The accident occurred Nov. 7, 2018, when employee Andrew Martinez, 28, was pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s North Platte, Nebraska asphalt plant. He was found dead and pinned inside the machine. Western Engineering Company was slapped with seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing ... Read More

Widow sues school district, company for husband’s electrocution death

The wife of an experienced electrician who was killed while performing electrical work at a Buffalo, New York-area high school in 2017, is suing both the school district and the company that managed the project claiming both parties failed to provide a safe workplace for her husband. The lawsuit filed by Christy A. Gause, wife of now-deceased Charles Gause, names Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District and Campus Construction Management Group. Charles Gause was employed with CIR Electrical Construction Corp. On Aug. 30, 2017, Gause was performing electrical work in an electrical closet at the high school that was ... Read More

Cal/OSHA fines contractors for Twin Peaks Tunnel death

Two contractors were cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for numerous safety violations during a job at the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco that led to the August 2018 death of a signal technician. Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., of Oakland, and Con-Quest Contractors Inc., of San Francisco face $65,300 in fines for violations that led to the death of Patrick Ricketts, 51. Ricketts and others working in the Twin Peaks Tunnel were reportedly under a time constraint the day Ricketts was killed. According to the report, a worker was using a rail crane to ... Read More

Landscaper hit with steep OSHA fine after tragic wood chipper accident

Justus Booze had never been anywhere near a wood chipper before showing up to work in May 2016 for a landscaping job. His help wasn’t really needed. “It wasn’t a huge job,” said Tony Watson, owner of Countryside Tree Care. “I liked Justice and wanted to help him out.” But May 4, 2016, turned suddenly tragic when Booze was dragged headfirst into a Bandit 250 wood chipper with metal blades that spun so fast and powerfully they could shred two-foot massive logs in a mere second. Booze died from severe sharp force and shredding injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health ... Read More

Savannah man killed in work-related accident

A City of Savannah, Georgia man was killed when a piece of heavy equipment ran him over, Savannah police reported. City Manager Rob Hernandez listed the incident as a work-related accident. The deceased, Peter Solomon, 62, was an employee for the Public Works and Water Resources. The incident remains under investigation. According to a preliminary report, a person who witnessed the accident said Solomon was pressure washing a motor grader, which is a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. The grader started to move and then rolled over Solomon. The ... Read More

Public works mechanic run over by tractor-trailer

A 22-year veteran of Rhode Island’s public works department was killed last month after a tractor-trailer truck ran over his chest. Police responded to a workplace accident at the Westerly Town Highway Garage, and found Angelo Turano, 53, chief mechanic for the Department of Public Works, on the ground in front of the rear tires of an 18-wheeler. It appeared the truck had run over Turano’s chest. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to a preliminary investigation report, the driver of the tractor-trailer was having a problem with the truck’s brakes and was ... Read More

Lawsuit filed in worker’s ‘preventable’ electrocution death

The life of Marco Antonio Silva could have been spared if his employer had followed safety guidelines and residential energy provider Eversource had disconnected a power line, according to a lawsuit filed by his family in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury. Silva, 44, was a private contractor employed at KTI Utility Construction & Maintenance. The electrocution occured June 9, 2016, as Silva was preparing a work site for the installation of a new utility pole. The equipment he was operating came into contact with a high-voltage transmission line, which caused a jolt of electricity to surge through his right arm ... Read More

Labor department report ranks deadliest jobs in U.S.

The deadliest jobs are those that are outdoors and involve operating heavy equipment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ newly released annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The listing includes 139 occupations or industries and ranks the 20 safest and 20 most deadly. There was a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. last year, down from 5,190 the previous year. The death rate among workers was 3.5 per 100,000 full time employees (FTE), down from 3.6 in 2016. The most dangerous occupation was commercial fishing with 99.8 deaths per 100,000 FTE. Logging workers came ... Read More

Recommendations offered after fatal on-the-job electrocution

Construction workers should perform a hazard assessment before beginning work at a job site, keep vehicles a safe working distance from high voltage lines, and have a spotter when working close to power lines. And if a worker is inside the vehicle when it comes in contact with electrical power lines, he should stay in the vehicle and call 911, according to recommendations from the Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The program is tasked with investigating on-the-job fatalities and making recommendations to ensure workers are safe at work. The recommendations were made in regard to a June ... Read More