A 43-year-old Oklahoma City construction worker was recently killed in a work-related accident. The Oklahoman reports the accident happened on Aug. 24 at around 3:30 p.m. at a construction site at the Old Interstate 40 near Bricktown.
The victim was hired to tear apart the interstate overpass as part of a crew working for Tulsa-based Sherwood Construction Co. Witnesses state the man was helping to move a large steel beam when a chain snapped and dropped the beam, slinging the arm of a backhoe directly into the victim. The worker died as a result of the accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Oklahoma Construction Accident and will release its findings and information about any fines that are attached to the accident upon its completion.
In the meantime, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury and death for its employees in the country, with accidents involving workers being crushed being one of the top four causes of worker injury.
That is why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who has been hurt or lost a loved one due to an Oklahoma construction accident to contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights.