Work Accidents and Injuries


Pictured above: A scene from the construction site accident in New York City today 

Today, in Midtown East, a freak work site accident left 10 workers and pedestrians injured. Construction was being performed on Madison Avenue between 38th and 39th streets. An industrial air condition was being hoisted by a crane to the top

Pictured above: Emergency crews at the site of the accident (Pictured courtesy of OC Register

An accident that occurred in Mission Viejo, California on Thursday afternoon left one worker injured and one worker dead. The accident happened at Mission Viejo High School when 23-year-old Daniel Pohl was on top of a 30-foot scaffold attempting

Picture courtesy of WKYT

A horrific accident on a work site on Wednesday afternoon left one man decapitated. The victim, whose name has not been released, was working on a cell phone tower off Kentucky 35 in Harris County when the accident occurred. According to both officials and eyewitnesses, four men contracted by an external company were taking down an old boom from a Verizon tower and bringing up a new one. As they did this, a cable broke, decapitating the now-deceased worker and cutting off his right arm.

Undoubtedly, the gruesome accident left witnesses and rescue crews shocked and in disbelief. It took emergency crews more than seven hours to remove the man’s body from the cell tower. Although it’s not clear how the 1,800 lb. boom fell, an investigation will be conducted. No foul play is suspected but it remains to be seen whether the accident occurred because of a lack of safety precautions or negligence on the part of the contracting company.

Below, the approximate location of the accident:

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Western Sugar Cooperative, a company that grows sugar beets in numerous states, is under scrutiny after it was found out that OSHA nor the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services had ever inspected their beet-processing plant in Lovell, Wyoming (pictured on the right). The plant was the site of the death of 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff who died in January after falling through a floor opening into sugar beet-processing equipment. 

In the past month alone, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services slapped the company with 12 citations and about $71,000 in fines. At the time of Galaktionoff’s death, there were no adequate guards around floor openings that could have prevented her accident. 

Although Western Sugar had been served citations in other locations in past years, it never triggered concerned for the Lovell facility in particular, leading to the lack of inspections prior to the accident. John Ysebaert, an administrator for the Department of Workforce Services’ Office of Standards and Compliance, stated that Western Sugar was expected to improve their safety conditions across all of their facilities. Unfortunately for Galaktionoff and others, management failed to improve working conditions for many of its employees.

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