Construction Worker Killed After 2,500 lb Pipe Falls on Him


Minnetonka, MN – The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who died at the site of the Highway 169 project, earlier this week.

38-year-old David Earl Hyde of Missouri was killed when a large metal pipe was dislodged from a trailer and fell on him.

Burnsville-based Ames Construction said workers at the site delivered first aid immediately and until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is similar to one in October 2016, in Alvarado, MN, which also is under investigation. In that incident, a truck driver was struck and killed by a pipe that fell off a trailer. The driver and a forklift operator were unloading pipes from the flatbed trailer, and the truck driver had been loosening the straps that were holding the pipes.

A total of 74 fatal work injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2015 (the most recent year for which final statistics are available). Minnesota’s 2015 fatal injury rate is 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers; the 2014 rate was 2.3 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers.

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting recorded the highest number of worker fatalities in Minnesota, with 23 cases, an increase from 21 cases in 2014. The fatal injury rate in this industry sector is 16.9 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers.
  • Construction had the second-highest number of fatalities, with nine cases, compared to seven cases in 2014. The fatal injury rate in this industry sector is 5.0 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers.
  • Manufacturing and administrative and waste services each had seven fatally injured workers, the third-highest counts.