CONSTRUCTION WORKER DEAD
Indiana construction worker struck dead by fatal head injury at work
October 24, 2008 -- A 41-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is dead after suffering blunt-force trauma to the head Tuesday in a construction accident at a New Haven business.
The construction worker was in a hole at a building site when he was hit in the head with a piece of construction equipment just before 11:30 a.m.
He died instantly, according to a police spokesman. The accident occurred at 5608 Old Maumee Road, where the construction crew was working on a building foundation system.
Construction industry dangers
Though the fatality rate in the construction industry declined in 2007 to 1,178 (from 1,239 in 2006), the construction industry experiences more fatalities per work event than any industry in the private sector, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The events most frequently leading to construction worker fatalities from 1995 through 1999 were: falls (33%), transportation incidents (20%), contact with objects or equipment (19%), and exposure to harmful substances and environments (17%).
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