NEW YORK, NY- Newyork.cbslocal.com writes that a construction worker died in an accident that occurred in a skyscraper elevator shaft in Midtown Manhattan. The building the incident happened at is on 30thStreet and Broadway. The event occurred in the late afternoon.
The authorities identified the victim as a 24-year-old man. The man was in the construction elevator and was going to the 33rdfloor when a metal saddle that was sticking out from the elevator shaft crushed him. He was apparently reaching for his phone when his head was crushed. He died at the scene of the accident.
Two other individuals suffered injuries in the event. Both were transported to a nearby hospital. Police are still trying to understand how the accident happened.
More construction workers die in the course of their employment than any other profession in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigates serious workplace accidents and monitors employment sites for safety compliance. While work-related accidents have declined over the last few decades, construction remains a hazardous field in which to work. There are certain types of accidents, including falls, being crushed, being hit by falling objects, and being electrocuted, which account for a high percentage of workplace deaths.
In many cases, when a site is investigated after a tragic accident, the authorities will find violations of safety regulations. This can lead to severe fines and consequences for the employer managing the site.
Proper employee training, site monitoring, safety protocols, and other measures can help to lower the number of people killed and injured at construction sites and other industrial workplaces.
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