The Oklahoma Construction Accident on the campus of the University of Oklahoma that resulted in the death of a construction worker has been ruled accidental. According to an article released by The Oklahoman, the ruling from the state’s chief medical examiner came just two weeks ago.
The accident happened on June 18 at approximately 9:15 a.m. on the roof of Headington Hall at the corner of Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue. Investigators believe that the 24-year-old victim, who was replacing a section on top of the historic building for a local roofing company, slipped and fell four stories before striking the roof of a lower level. Witnesses and co-workers stabilized and administered first aid to the man before he was airlifted to a local medical facility. Unfortunately, he died from his injuries shortly after arrival.
Although investigations by both the man’s employer and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are still ongoing, preliminary findings have determined that the worker was not properly secured with a safety harness affixed to tie off points on top of the building’s roof.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers of J. Colbert Injury Law Firm say that a job in the construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous occupations that a person can have in the United States. That is why it is so important that construction workers follow all safety measures and procedures very carefully while on the job.