Working on a construction site is among the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Each year, construction workers are killed when they are hit by cars on roadside construction projects. We also see workers hit by falling objects, fall off high buildings under construction, and get run over by heavy equipment such as cranes and fork lifts. While it would seem unlikely for a person to get killed by a forklift, as they are required to follow various safety guidelines at construction sites, we are actually hearing about accidents such as these all the time in news articles from around the nation.
According to a recent news feature from WCVB News 5 Boston, a worker in Phillipston, Massachusetts was killed when a bulldozer operator backed over him while at a job site. Authorities say the job involved construction of a park owned by the town. While the 60-year-old was working at the job site, his was hit and crushed by the large bulldozer while it was in reverse. First responders were called to scene, but here nothing they could do for him. In many cases, they will attempt to stabilize a patient for transport to a local level one trauma center, but in this case, they worker was crushed and there was nothing left to do but pronounce him dead on the scene and wait for a medical examiner to arrive. Continue reading