In yet another setback for the embattled 49ers stadium in California, a work-related accident in four months has claimed another life. The fatal injury occurred when the man was crushed to death by rebar that he was unloading. The 60-year-old victim died at a hospital shortly after the accident, which occurred at the beginning of the workday.
Construction companies throughout Arizona and the rest of the nation are still struggling under new crane regulations promulgated several years ago by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These rules were designed to prevent workplace accidents caused by cranes that had been poorly assembled or operated by unqualified workers. In a follow-up to a case we reported on earlier this year, four individual corporations are facing a collective 26 violations in connection with a crane incident in March at the Arkansas Nuclear One Power Plant. That accident caused a worker to suffer fatal injuries.
Employers throughout Arizona and the nation have a responsibility to keep their workers safe. Part of that charge includes ensuring that workers are properly using the equipment related to their jobs. Many industrial machines feature machine guards that prevent workers' body parts from becoming crushed or entangled, thus lowering the risk of serious injury from workplace accidents. When workplace leaders encourage employees to bypass these protections, though, they are putting their workers in harm's way. One company in South Dakota is now realizing just how costly that decision might have been, after they were fined more than $1.33 million for the death of a worker at a manufacturing plant.
Agricultural operations throughout the nation face a variety of safety problems because of the usage of heavy machinery, storage equipment and other hazardous items. Grain silos are well-known as one of the most dangerous types of agricultural facilities, largely because the unstable crop can shift within its holding facilities. As a result, employers in Arizona and other states are governed by strict safety rules designed to protect grain workers from crush and suffocation injuries. Workers must be secured to life-lines when they enter a grain silo, for example, and they must be properly trained in grain operations. Still, scores of workers perish needlessly because they are uninformed about appropriate safety measures. One Texas man's family may be the recipients of workers' compensation benefits after a man died in a recent grain accident.
Manufacturing firms throughout Arizona and other states struggle with safety challenges, regardless of the materials that are produced. With a wide range of mechanical and electrical activities in the plant, an injury is almost guaranteed to occur at some point. Still, employers are tasked with using protective measures to reduce or eliminate injury risk. One Houston company is facing intense scrutiny after an investigation revealed egregious shortcomings in its safety program.
A 31-year-old circus performer was killed after falling during a recent performance. The woman, who performs in the Cirque du Soleil in Arizona's neighboring state of Nevada, was killed in the workplace accident when she fell about 90 feet to the floor below. Initial information had estimated that the fall was about half that height.
Tragedy has struck the state of Arizona as 19 wildland firefighters died on June 30. The workplace accident struck without warning and the elite group of firefighters were forced to use their fire-resistant shelters as a last-ditch protection method. The 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots were almost wiped out because of the unexpected accident. The one member who survived was moving the group's truck at the time of the blaze.
A bridge collapse in Mesa, Arizona, has left one person dead and one other seriously injured. The workplace accident occurred when several bridge supports failed at a construction site near the 202 Loop.
The Arizona Cardinals are slated to play at least one game during future seasons at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The games may be tainted by the poor reputation the stadium has already received, however, thanks to the death of a worker during a workplace accident.
Industrial workers in Arizona run a high risk of injury. Safety problems ranging from crush injuries to fall risks and chemical hazards can all increase the rates of workplace injuries. A worker in nearby Texas is the latest victim of an industrial tragedy; the 22-year-old man died at a facility in Corpus Christi after being crushed by a metal tank.