Three Construction Accidents, Two Deaths

September 26, 2017

Worker falls from man lift, is impaled on survey stick

Durango, CO / September 23: Twenty-three-year-old Brian John Anthony Shaw was ejected from a manlift at a Bayfield, CO construction site where SEMA Construction was rebuilding the Bayfield Parkway bridge over the Los Pinos River.

According to the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District chief, Bruce Evans, Shaw had been repairing the lift which had tipped off the side of a dirt road. Shaw had forgotten to lock himself into the basket at the top of the lift and fell out when the machine tipped further off the road. Shaw fell 40 feet and landed on a survey stick, puncturing his stomach. He was flown to a nearby hospital in stable condition but later died of a staph infection, a common complication to open wound abdominal injuries.

“Even with all that safety education, you just have a momentary lapse while trying to fix something, and it just takes a few seconds of not slowing down and following procedure,” Evans said.

image: Upper Pine Fire Department District

Fatal manhole fall

Las Vegas, NV / September 25: A construction worker died Monday after falling into a hole around 11:40 a.m. on a construction site near the M Resort in Las Vegas.

The worker, 46-year old Russell Anthony Tracy,  was sandblasting pipes into a manhole and somehow fell into the hole, dying on impact.

Teri Williams, a Nevada OSHA spokeswoman, said the state agency was leading the investigation.

“We won’t know much more until the investigation closes,” she said. “It could take up to six months depending on the complexity of it all.”

Machine falls on worker

New York City, NY / September 22: A machine fell and trapped a construction worker under the vehicle Friday afternoon at a Queens construction site.

The incident happened at a construction site on Northern Boulevard and 46th Street in Sunnyside at about 1:45 p.m., the FDNY said. Firefighters performed a high-angle rescue, which took about a half hour, and transported the critically injured man to Elmhurst Hospital. Officials are investigating how the accident happened. A subway system ventilation plant is being built at the site as part of the MTA NYC Transit Capital Program.