Nearly 5,000 construction workers are killed on the job in the United States each year, or about 12 people per day. For an industry that’s seen little reform in recent decades, fixing the problem seems to a complex situation.
A bridge collapse in Corona, California over the weekend left nine workers injured, with three of those construction workers suffering critical injuries. According to the Press Enterprise, the construction accident occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday. A new section of highway was being lowered when it suddenly dropped more than a foot, injuring the construction workers who were underneath.
By comparison to other fatal construction accidents over the past year, the Corona accident was minor, yet still severe enough to question safety standards in the construction industry.
Riverside County Transportation Commission Executive Director Anne Mayer talked about the construction accident and announced a work halt when she said, “Any time there is a serious accident involving injuries on a construction site it is imperative to stop, re-examine and re-emphasize the overall safety procedures on the project.”
Cal-OSHA is currently investigating the fatality.
In an industry where safety should be a prime consideration, poor safety training could be the catalyst to the high number of construction accidents.
According to experts, most construction accidents occur due to falls, scaffold collapse, electric shock, trench collapse, and impact.