Fall at Construction Site Kills 1: OSHA Investigating
The construction industry is one of the most hazard industries out there. And sitting at the top of the hazards list for construction workers is falls. Falls are the single most frequent cause of construction site fatalities every year, accounting for about one-third of all construction-related deaths. What’s worse is, the number of construction workers who die in falls is actually increasing in recent years.
We share the problem at construction sites all over the state of Texas. For example, Texas A&M officials confirmed last week that an employee of Lindamood Demolition, 25-year-old Angel Garcia, fell from a height of four stories at the renovation of Kyle Field construction site. According to the A&M press release, the worker tumbled from the fourth level landing, which is located on the stadium’s northeast side. After the fall, emergency personnel arrived and Garcia was taken to the St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. He died not long after arriving at the hospital.
In the statement, Texas A&M officials said, “The thoughts and prayers of all of us at the A&M System and within the Bryan and College Station community are with the Garcia family. On behalf of Texas A&M University and the extended Aggie family I offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the construction worker who tragically passed away.
Texas A&M police, Manhattan-Vaughan Construction, and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are all contributing to the investigation of the accident. Manhattan-Vaughan is the prime contractor working on the $450 million Kyle Field renovation, that will increase the stadium’s seating capacity.
Falls can happen at any time. But all employers have a responsibility to every worker to prevent falls from elevations greater than six feet at construction worksites. OSHA requires that all employers in the construction industry provide all workers who are toiling above that height with fall protection. There is no way a construction worker should be doing his or her job at a height of four stories without a harness to arrest the fall, for example.