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According to WJLA, Thanksgiving Day was a day of tragedy for one family, now grieving the death of a 56-year-old construction worker who was fatally injured on November 28 at a job site in Silver Spring.
“He’d fallen in a very strange and freak accident,” explained Lieutenant Michael Hartnett of the Montgomery County Police Department. “It appears he was a construction worker here doing some work, walked in, and slipped on a patch of ice…he fell and struck his head.”
Police officials told WJLA that it does not appear that the 56-year-old was carrying anything when the accident occurred, and that a hard hat was found near the man’s body.
“They got ice on the floor, it’s slippery, I don’t know if he was carrying something or not but he hit his face on the concrete,” stated a construction worker that was working on unfinished townhomes alongside the 56-year-old at the time of the accident.
OSHA is investigating the fatal incident, and the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to hopefully determine the exact cause of the accident.
Construction workers face one of the most dangerous working environments. Between using dangerous equipment and the potential hazards of falling, construction workers must be safe at all times. This fatal accident proves that workers should also be prepared for slip and fall accidents on the job, because traumatic brain injuries can result in long-term injury and even death.
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Did You Know: According to OSHA, in 2012, the leading cause of deaths on construction sites were falls.