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Semi truck plows into I-95 work zone, equipment, killing one worker

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 01, 2015

Semi truck plows into I-95 work zone, equipment, killing one worker

A construction worker was killed in Maryland last week when a semi-truck crashed into a work zone along Interstate 95. According to a report from WTOP radio, a tractor trailer in ...

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Skanska incorporates stretching, light exercise into toolbox talks, sees huge decrease in worker injuries

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 01, 2015

Skanska incorporates stretching, light exercise into toolbox talks, sees huge decrease in worker injuries

With one senior vice president saying the program, "has become a team sport," for the company, construction giant Skanska USA's Stretch & Flex program has proven to be much more ...

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Despite harnesses, 2 workers killed by fall from scaffolding in Iowa

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 29, 2015

Despite harnesses, 2 workers killed by fall from scaffolding in Iowa

Two workers are dead as the result of a fall from scaffolding on an Ames, Iowa jobsite. According to a report from Iowa State Daily, 35-year-old Javier Hernandez and Alfredo Jarez, unknown ...

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Construction worker drowns after boat tips on New York bridge project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 26, 2015

Construction worker drowns after boat tips on New York bridge project

A New York construction worker drowned Monday after the boat he was doing bridge work in tipped over. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, a 35-year-old man was working for the Pike Company ...

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Flagger killed by semi truck in Wyoming DOT work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 25, 2015

Flagger killed by semi truck in Wyoming DOT work zone

A flagger was struck and killed last week when a semi truck drifted into a Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) work zone along Interstate 80. According to a WYDOT press release, ...

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Worker killed after backhoe hits service line near Omaha

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 24, 2015

Worker killed after backhoe hits service line near Omaha

A worker near Omaha, Nebraska suffered a fatal electrocution last week during the installation of drainage system. According to reports from KMTV, 42-year-old Jeffrey Glup was killed June 17 when he came ...

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VIDEO: Bridge collapses beneath excavator, 2 workers, injuring one more on Pennsylvania repair project

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 23, 2015

VIDEO: Bridge collapses beneath excavator, 2 workers, injuring one more on Pennsylvania repair project

Three workers caught in the epicenter of a bridge collapse in Pennsylvania all survived the ordeal. According to a report from WJAC TV, crews have been at work repairing a bridge ...

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VIDEO: Missouri DOT workers discuss work zone crash, offer warnings

Posted by Chris Hill on June 23, 2015

VIDEO: Missouri DOT workers discuss work zone crash, offer warnings

This time of year headlines are full of highway work zone accidents, mainly because of the perfect storm of transportation construction and summer travel coinciding. In this video, four workers ...

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Worker killed by trench collapse in Anchorage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 23, 2015

Worker killed by trench collapse in Anchorage

A worker was killed last week when a trench collapsed during the excavation of a new road in South Anchorage, Alaska. According to a report from KTVA TV, 23-year-old Samuel Adam Morgan ...

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Longtime carpenter, cancer survivor, dies after fall into Connecticut harbor

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 22, 2015

Longtime carpenter, cancer survivor, dies after fall into Connecticut harbor

A worker on a dock project in Connecticut died hours after a mysterious fall into New Haven Harbor last week. According to a report from the New Haven Register, 60-year-old William Klemenz died ...

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Worker killed in crane accident on Penn State jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 19, 2015

Worker killed in crane accident on Penn State jobsite

A worker on a renovation job on the Penn State University campus was killed Friday while dismantling a crane. According to a report from the Centre Daily Times, 29-year-old Jerod Chapman was ...

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Electrician killed in accident on Baylor University jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 18, 2015

Electrician killed in accident on Baylor University jobsite

An electrician on a Baylor University jobsite was killed last week in what is believed to have been an elevator accident. According to a report from the Waco Tribune, 51-year-old Jeffrey Thaemert was ...

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Trench collapse kills teenage worker in Kentucky

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 17, 2015

Trench collapse kills teenage worker in Kentucky

A sewer line installation near Louisville, Kentucky, turned deadly last week when a trench collapsed atop two workers. According to a report from the Courier-Journal, the men were in the trench ...

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VIDEO: Bucket truck catches fire forcing worker to perch atop sign until rescued

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2015

VIDEO: Bucket truck catches fire forcing worker to perch atop sign until rescued

While working to remove a sign from a restaurant in South Carolina, a worker's bucket truck caught fire, leaving him nowhere to go but up. According to a report from WYFF ...

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Hoist detaches from building killing 1 construction worker, injuring another near Boston

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2015

Hoist detaches from building killing 1 construction worker, injuring another near Boston

One worker was killed and another injured in a freak hoist accident on a construction site near Boston last week. According to a report from the Boston Globe, the men were ...

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Semi hauling backhoe crashes into canyon bend, killing driver in Utah

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 15, 2015

Semi hauling backhoe crashes into canyon bend, killing driver in Utah

The driver of a truck hauling a backhoe in Utah was killed over the weekend after he lost control of the rig while traveling down a canyon road. According to a ...

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Semi truck crash in U.S. 50 paving zone kills West Virginia DOH worker

Posted by Chris Hill on June 15, 2015

Semi truck crash in U.S. 50 paving zone kills West Virginia DOH worker

West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) worker Randall W. Bland, 49, was killed Thursday following a five-vehicle collision in an area of U.S. 50 being resurfaced, according to a report ...

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Worker killed after fall on Missouri jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 12, 2015

Worker killed after fall on Missouri jobsite

A construction worker in Missouri died Wednesday after suffering a fall on a roofing job. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the unidentified worker was atop a women's ...

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Worker struck and killed by dump truck inside Massachusetts work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 11, 2015

Worker struck and killed by dump truck inside Massachusetts work zone

A construction worker was struck and killed along a Massachusetts highway early Wednesday. According to a report from MassLive.com, the unidentified worker was hit by a dump truck inside work zone on ...

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Interactive map of workplace deaths a stark reminder of construction’s dangers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 10, 2015

Interactive map of workplace deaths a stark reminder of construction’s dangers

An interactive map that seeks to plot out all available reports of workplace deaths in the U.S. during 2014 offers a sobering reminder of just how dangerous construction work can be. The ...

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Worker survives being impaled by fence in fall on California jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 10, 2015

Worker survives being impaled by fence in fall on California jobsite

A construction worker is recovering from a serious fall that occurred last week on a jobsite near San Jose. According to a report from KRON TV, the 27-year-old worker, whom authorities have ...

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Oklahoma DOT worker dies after being hit by a vehicle

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 09, 2015

Oklahoma DOT worker dies after being hit by a vehicle

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation worker was killed June 5 after a car drifted into a work zone and struck him. According to KFOR, Gordon Pipkin, 47, died at the scene ...

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Dump truck collision sends semi crashing into excavator, kills 1 worker in Ohio work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 08, 2015

Dump truck collision sends semi crashing into excavator, kills 1 worker in Ohio work zone

A weekend work zone crash that began with the collision of a dump truck and tractor trailer in Ohio ended with the death of a construction worker. According to a report ...

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Highway worker killed in work zone vehicle crash in Oregon

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 05, 2015

Highway worker killed in work zone vehicle crash in Oregon

A construction worker inside a highway work zone in Salem, Oregon, was killed earlier this week by a man police say was driving under the influence. According to a report from ...

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Excavator falls from bridge onto train tracks during demolition (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 04, 2015

Credit: Massachusetts State Police

While performing demolition work on a bridge which crosses over a portion of train tracks near Boston, an excavator fell to the tracks below last weekend. According to a report from ...

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Worker killed by falling steel beam on New York bridge site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 04, 2015

Worker killed by falling steel beam on New York bridge site

A worker on a paving crew was killed last week when a steel beam came crashing down into a highway work zone in New York. According to a report from the ...

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Worker crushed by lift beneath Pittsburgh overpass

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 03, 2015

Worker crushed by lift beneath Pittsburgh overpass

A construction worker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was killed Saturday in a lift accident beneath an overpass. According to a report from KDKA TV, 35-year-old Sean Kelly was atop the lift as ...

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Roller operator killed when road gives way during paving job in Illinois

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 02, 2015

Roller operator killed when road gives way during paving job in Illinois

A roller operator was killed when his machine overturned last week while working on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 47-year-old ...

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Longtime steelworker dies after fall from ladder in Salt Lake City

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 01, 2015

Longtime steelworker dies after fall from ladder in Salt Lake City

A steelworker on a crew building a new performing arts center in Salt Lake City died last month after suffering a fall from a ladder. According to a report from KSL ...

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Operator killed after crane overturns in Nebraska

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 29, 2015

Operator killed after crane overturns in Nebraska

A crane operator in Nebraska was killed earlier this week when his machine overturned. According to a report from the Lincoln Journal Star, 40-year-old Thomas Bales was operating a 90-ton crane for ...

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Worker slips from safety harness, survives fall into basement on Maine jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 28, 2015

Worker slips from safety harness, survives fall into basement on Maine jobsite

A worker in Maine is fortunate to have survived a two-story fall after slipping out of his safety harness Monday. According to a report from WMTW TV, the man was working as ...

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Highway worker dies after being struck by minivan in Wisconsin

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 27, 2015

Highway worker dies after being struck by minivan in Wisconsin

A worker was killed Tuesday inside a Wisconsin work zone after being hit by a minivan. According to a report from the Wausau Daily Herald, Derek Stempa, 30, was working as a ...

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Ten deaths in 15 days

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on May 25, 2015

Ten deaths in 15 days

Ten deaths in 15 Days That was the headline in my print editorial for Equipment World’s May issue. From April 1 -15, we reported 10 fatal accidents on our website, ranging ...

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HEADS UP: Hitting utility lines when hauling heavy equipment can become an expensive ordeal

Posted by Equipment World Staff on May 22, 2015

HEADS UP: Hitting utility lines when hauling heavy equipment can become an expensive ordeal

According to the National Electrical Safety Code, telephone lines must be at least 14 feet above the ground and electrical lines must be at least 15-½ feet above the ground. ...

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Floor collapses during concrete pour in LA, injuring 7 workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 22, 2015

Floor collapses during concrete pour in LA, injuring 7 workers

While working on a concrete pour at a jobsite in Los Angeles Wednesday evening, the floor the crew was standing on collapsed beneath them. According to a report from CBSLA, seven ...

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Friday is “Don’t Fry Day”; OSHA campaign reminds workers of the dangers of sun overexposure

Posted by Amy Materson on May 21, 2015

Friday is “Don’t Fry Day”; OSHA campaign reminds workers of the dangers of sun overexposure

As outdoor temperatures begin to rise, so does the chance of illnesses related to working outside. Heat stress and overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause deadly effects – ...

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