Working in the construction field takes hard work, skills with large equipment and a careful hand. The machines that construction workers use every day can't just be treated as everyday work tools. They are extremely dangerous if anything goes wrong.
Many people have learned that lesson through experience, and a particular group of workers who lost a fellow contractor earlier this week got a scary reminder of it. A 40-year-old contract construction worker was killed in a Texas machinery accident.
According to reports, a group was working to dig a large whole for a construction job. To do so, the workers were using a common machine called a backhoe. Using large machinery like a backhoe takes training and practice. Even then, however, accidents happen.
In the recent construction accident, a worker was maneuvering the machine from outside of the cab and somehow got pinned and crushed by the machine. He died at the scene despite a fellow worker's success at freeing him from the device.
Sure, it is people who utilize and control machines, but when a safety protocol isn't followed or there is perhaps a defect to the machinery, the large tools can quickly take control of workers' fates. In this case, the victim didn't survive his workplace injuries. An investigation into the fatal incident should take place in order for officials to determine that the other workers involved with the Texas job are not in danger of suffering a similar fate.
Source: The Daily News, "Contractor pinned by backhoe dies at shipyard," Chris Paschenko, Nov. 6, 2012