Thursday, July 24, 2014

Construction Worker - Pinned Between Beam & Aerial Lift.

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees,
Below is a news article about a construction worker accident that occurred yesterday at a project that we are working at called Project Onyx which is also known as the Amazon Distribution Center.  The constuction worker involved in the accident is not an employee of International Decorators.  
KENOSHA (WI.) — Kenosha police and fire officials were called out to a construction accident that occurred at the site of the Amazon Distribution Center complex being built on Burlington Road in Kenosha. The call came in just before 3:30 p.m.  Officials were dispatched for a report of a worker pinned between a beam and an aerial lift in the Onyx Building on the construction site. Before emergency crews responded to the scene, co-workers were able to free the worker who was trapped. We’re told no one saw the accident happen, or how the worker became trapped. The 35-year-old worker was taken by ambulance to the hospital. It is believed he suffered a torn or dislocated shoulder. His injuries are not believed to be serious. Flight for Life was put on standby for this incident but was not dispatched to the scene. Kenosha police have contacted OSHA regarding this incident and OSHA is investigating. It is unclear the company the injured worker was working for as there are several construction companies working on the job site.
(Posted 5:47 pm, July 23, 2014, by Katie DeLong, Updated at 09:49pm, July 23, 2014
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Fortunately this construction worker was not killed as he/she easily could have been.  Please keep this unfortunate accident in mind as you are working in aerial lifts to serve as a reminder of the dangers that can happen.  This is in part as to why International Decorators provides ongoing safety training for our employees.  To help enable you to "go home alive and in the same condition as you arrived; your loved ones count on it."
OSHA has what they call their Focused Four or Fatal Four which are the 4 main categories of accidents in which OSHA is trying to prevent.  Struck-By and Caught-Between types of accidents are two the Fatal Four topics on OSHA's list.  The other two topics are Falls and Electrocutions.  The accident mentioned above would fall under the Caught-Between category and since this falls within one of OSHA's Focused Four, OSHA is now investigating this accident. 
If you have any questions related to aerial lift safety or safety in general, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.
Have a Safe Day!