July 10, 2012
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a job in the construction industry is one of the most dangerous occupations that a person can hold, as the industry led all others in personal injuries and deaths, with a total of 751 workers losing their lives in 2010 alone. The most common type of fatality in the industry was falls, accounting for 264 deaths that year.
One such construction accident that took place on the campus of the University of Texas in Dallas Saturday claimed the lives of two construction workers. According to CBS 11 News, the accident happened at the school’s new Arts and Technology building that is currently being built.
Reports indicate that the two men were atop a crane that was being dismantled when strong winds of up to 50 miles per hour came gusting across the campus and toppled the crane. The two workers, a 50-year-old father and grandfather from Grand Saline, Texas, as well as a 58-year-old man from Austin, died as a result of the fall.
Over the weekend, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent investigators to the scene to conduct a full examination of the events that led to the tragedy.