Construction safety is paramount on the job site and in the equipment shop. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
Many of the construction accidents can result in death, from falls to being struck by construction equipment. And injuries threaten construction safety not only from fellow workers and moving construction equipment, but also from the private vehicles, particularly in work areas near public areas, such as roads.
Education, training, on-site reminders, and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) all contribute to keeping construction workers safe on the project. The construction equipment shop is also a place for focus on safety. Injuries can occur as technicians work around heavy pieces of machinery, welding equipment, and high-pressure fluids.
See the items below for news on construction accidents and how to improve construction safety.
Construction Accident Damages New Central 70 Project Bridge
DENVER (CBS4)– A construction accident has damaged a portion of the new Central 70 Project. The Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed that part of a bridge broke off and fell onto one of the new bridges. Read more.
Dayton man cited for crash in construction zone
MEACHAM, Oregon — A man from Dayton was warned and cited for his involvement in a construction zone crash Tuesday, Sept. 14, according to Oregon State Police. Read more.
1,500 construction sites shut down during construction safety sweep
NEW YORK: City safety inspectors shut down construction at nearly 1,5000 building sites during a three-month long safety sweep this summer.
The campaign was part of the Department of Building’s Zero Tolerance construction safety enforcement that saw inspectors sweeping construction sites across the five boroughs in order to ensure that proper safeguards were in place to prevent worker falls or site injuries. Read more.
Case study in construction safety: managing a pandemic
When news first broke of an unknown, deadly virus plaguing China, Atlanta-based Batson-Cook Construction’s executive leadership took action to prepare for the worst, said Nicole Ivers, the company’s vice president of health, safety and environment.
Before the first COVID-19 case was recorded in the U.S., the company’s new COVID-19 response team had been meeting weekly.... Read more.
Construction safety: Waterline bursts, injuring worker
INDOT workers injured in wreck on I-65
Lanes reopened after Indiana Department of Transportation workers were injured when a semitrailer slammed into two INDOT vehicles earlier. Read more.
Road Construction Worker Fatally Run Over By Reversing Truck
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 50-year-old road construction worker was fatally run over by a reversing semi truck Wednesday night in Ramsey. Read more.
Suspected driver arrested in hit-and-run that left 1 construction worker dead
DENVER (KDVR) — One person is dead and another in serious condition after being hit by the driver of an SUV. Read more.
Construction Safety: Suicide Prevention Resources
From Construction Equipment: The Travelers Companies released a white paper and Risk Control eGUIDE designed to help contractors assess and implement suicide-in-construction awareness programs. Read more.
Buildings Department probing worker injury at Staten Island construction site
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The city Department of Buildings (DOB) is investigating a report of a worker who was injured in a fall at a construction site in Port Richmond Monday morning. Read more.
Crane collapses on Issaquah home, injuring two workers
On Aug. 31, A crane collapsed on an Issaquah home injuring two workers. Read more.
Man, 49, dead in industrial crane incident
MASTODON TOWNSHIP, MI – A worker died in an industrial crane accident at a dam in the Upper Peninsula this week, police said. Read more.
Rail traffic rerouting after crane slams into railroad overpass near Lavina
A railroad repair crew from BNSF has begun work Friday on repair of a railroad overpass State Road 3 at Cushman, about three miles west of Lavina. Read more.
2 injured, 1 worker still trapped in construction accident at John Hunt Park [VIDEO]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - At least three people were injured after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Huntsville Thursday afternoon. Read more.
One killed after excavator falls off trailer onto vehicle
NIPOMO, Calif. -- One driver was killed after a construction excavator fell onto their car in Nipomo on Wednesday afternoon. Read more.
Worker killed jumping from crane before semi crashes into it
PAW PAW, Mich — A construction worker is dead after a semi-truck crash in a construction zone. Read more.
Worker killed after being hit by car in construction zone
JEMISON, Ala. (AP) — A state worker was killed Monday when he was hit by a car in a road construction zone in Chilton County. Read more.
Suicide: The Threat to Construction Safety
According to the CDC, construction workers commit suicide 4 times more than the general population. What can be done to stem this hazard? Read more.
How 9 Workers Died in Nairobi Horror Crane Accident
The crane collapsed as technicians were dismantling it. Read more.
Construction worker safe after trench rescue [VIDEO]
FREDONIA, Wis. - A Fredonia DPW worker was flown to the hospital with "crush-related injuries" after being rescued from a trench in the village Wednesday, Aug. 25. Read more.
Construction Worker Killed By Lightning Strike, Co-Worker Injured
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says a 60-year-old construction worker was killed by a lightning strike Tuesday morning, while a co-worker was injured. Read more.
UPDATED: Construction worker dies after electrical accident in Dumfries
UPDATED: A construction worker whose extended power lift hit an electrical transmission line outside a Dumfries apartment complex Tuesday afternoon has died from his injuries, officials said Tuesday night. Read more.
Worker struck, driver cited in southern Illinois construction-zone accident
PITTSFIELD — A semi-trailer truck driver was cited on several charges after a Chatham man was injured Thursday while working in an Interstate 72 construction zone. Read more.
Three rescued from 10-foot hole after construction accident in Florida
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Three people were rescued from a 10-foot hole after a construction accident on Juno Beach Thursday morning. Read more.
Construction worker hit, seriously injured by SUV in Saco
A construction worker from Gorham Sand and Gravel sustained serious injuries Friday afternoon when they were hit by a car in a construction zone on Route 1 in Saco, police said. Read more.
Two workers injured after falling 20 feet at a construction site
Cortland, Illinois (WTVO) —Two construction workers were seriously injured after a two-story fall in Cortland, Illinois on Saturday morning, police said. Read more.
One Person Killed, Two Injured When Car Slams Into Bus Shelter, Then Hits Construction Worker In Calumet City
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (CBS) — One person was killed and two were injured Thursday afternoon when a driver hit a bus shelter, and then plowed into a construction worker, in Calumet City. Read more.
Downtown Sacramento block reopened after toppled crane removed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Twelfth Street between K and L Streets in downtown Sacramento is back open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic after a crane accident forced an hourslong closure Saturday. Read more.
1 seriously injured after Bedford crash involving crane truck
BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — One person was left seriously injured after a crash involving a crane truck and a Sedan Friday. Read more.
Camanche man injured in crane crash
CLINTON — A Camanche man was transported to Genesis by ambulance after a one-vehicle accident last week. Read more.
2 construction workers taken to hospital from Merriwether Elementary
EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Edgefield County dispatchers confirmed that emergency medical crews were sent to Merriwether Elementary on Monday morning after a construction accident. Read more.
Excavator catches fire in West Eugene; no reported injuries
EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Springfield Fire crews are on the scene of an excavator fire on Cloudburst Way in West Eugene Sunday afternoon. Read more.
Loader bucket accident injures one in Cambria
One person was injured during a loader bucket accident Friday afternoon in Cambria County. Read more.
KY 7 in Magoffin County closed indefinitely due to equipment accident
KY 7 in Magoffin County is closed indefinitely at milepoint 16.1 due to an equipment accident. Read more.
Construction worker seriously injured in Boise trench collapse
BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — A construction worker suffered serious injuries after an excavator [sic] fell into a 25-foot trench Monday morning. Editor’s note: wheel loader. Read more.
Montana prisoner dies in excavator accident
HELENA (AP) — A man incarcerated at the Montana State Prison inmate died in an accident while working at the prison ranch in Deer Lodge, the Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday. Read more.
Two crushed to death after crane part falls on them at US embassy
Two labourers working at an under-construction site at the United States embassy in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area were crushed to death on Friday after a part of a crane operating on the ground fell on them, police said.... Read more.
Power Line Struck in Downtown New Canaan, One Electrocuted [UPDATING]
One worker was transported to the hospital with a burn injury after a utility crew struck a power line Tuesday morning in downtown New Canaan, officials say. Read more.
Amid recent trench collapses, US Department of Labor reminds South Dakota employers, workers of excavation hazards
RAPID CITY, SD ‒ Four days before Christmas in 2020, an excavation company’s owner was fixing an underground sewer line in Rapid City when the trench around him collapsed; his life ended under thousands of pounds of dirt. Read more.
Man injured in construction accident in Mashpee
MASHPEE – A man was injured in a construction accident in Mashpee about 1 PM Thursday afternoon. Read more.
Construction zone accident closes Canfield road
CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A construction zone accident Wednesday has closed a road in Canfield. Read more.
Firefighters rescue trapped construction worker in Lakewood
LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - A construction worker was injured in an industrial accident Wednesday afternoon. Read more.
Beaumont – Two construction workers hit, one killed
Motorists from this area traveling to the Golden Triangle experienced traffic delays on Tuesday after two construction workers were hit, one of which died. Read more.
Construction worker dies after falling through chimney of elementary school in Waukegan
A masonry worker doing repairs at an elementary school in Waukegan died Saturday after falling down a chimney shaft, authorities said. Read more.
Man injured in construction accident
A man was seriously injured in a construction accident Friday in Ada. Read more.
DUI suspect arrested after construction worker killed on 10 Freeway in Ontario
A West Covina man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he struck and killed a construction worker on the 10 Freeway in Ontario, the California Highway Patrol said. Read more.
Police ID construction worker killed in Redding
REDDING — Police have released the identity of a construction worker killed in an accident last week while working at a home off Putnam Park Road. Read more.
Man dies in Auburn after being trapped under an excavator
A 21-year-old pool company employee was working at home on Danville Corner Road. Read more.
Construction Company Owner, Bryan Johnson, Sentenced To Jail For Worksite Accident
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — An Avon resident, Bryan Johnson, was sentenced by a judge to 10 months in jail Wednesday. Read more.
Worker hurt in construction accident in Lower Pottsgrove Twp.
L. POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. - A man was hurt in a construction accident in Montgomery County Thursday. Read more.
Worker rescued after being buried alive in trench collapse
OMAHA, Neb. (CNN) - Rescue crews in Nebraska had to scramble Saturday to save a construction worker who was buried alive in a trench collapse. Read more.
Construction worker crushed in accident at UH Manoa
HONOLULU (KHON2) –A man is dead after a construction accident at Clarence T.C. Ching Field on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus Thursday night. Read more.
Arc burn happens "in a flash"
From Construction Equipment: Realizing he’s forgotten to lower his PPE, the worker quickly turns away—but it’s too late. The arc has already injured the eye and potentially the surrounding skin. Read more.
Workers rescued after accident at sewer district construction site
SHREWSBURY — Three workers were trapped Wednesday morning under a piece of concrete about 200 feet underground while working on the Deer Creek tunnel project, officials said. Read more.
Sanatoga Greene Worker Reported Injured
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – For a second time within the past four months, a man was injured Thursday (Aug. 5, 2021) in what is being labeled as a “construction accident”... Read more.
Worker killed in construction accident at site of future Amazon warehouse
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man was killed Tuesday morning in an accident at an Amazon warehouse under construction in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section. Read more.
5 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss
From Construction Equipment. The hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure can create unsafe work conditions, putting employees at risk of accident or injury. Read more.