At a natural gas equipment yard, a construction worker for Elcorn Construction was using a forklift when the heavy machine ran over his leg. Fire crews responded to the forklift accident and flew the construction worker to St. Mary’s Hospital.
According to the fire chief, the worker’s injuries were not life-threatening. His condition was unknown.
Construction sites are often fraught with potential safety hazards including heavy equipment, fires, on-site explosions, exposure to hazardous materials, welding accidents, and more.
According to the Bureau of Labor, more than 5,000 construction workers died in construction accidents in 2006, but many more sustained serious injuries. Many of these injured workers lose their ability to work because of permanently debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, severed limbs, and spinal cord injuries.
For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies to follow safety precautions to prevent workers’ exposure to hazardous conditions.