Man killed in tower tank accident in Sergeant Bluff

According to a news report by the Sioux City Journal, an accident on a construction site at CF Industries in Sergeant Bluff resulted in the death of a 44-year-old man from Tecumseh. The incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. on March 19, according to a news release from the Woodbury County Sheriff.

Two men were working at a tower tank when the accident occurred. They were entrapped in the confined space, according to ktiv.com, and the 44-year-old man was left unconscious, while the other worker was able to escape and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

A spokesperson for CF Industries stated that the area of the accident is currently not in use and is not dangerous to employees and contractors.

The incident is subject to further investigation.



Trench collapse kills Colfax man

According to Des Moines Register, a 30-year-old man passed away after being trapped in a trench collapse on January 6 at a construction site in Altoona. The news release showed that the victim was under JRS Excavating and that the accident happened at around 8:15 a.m.

Altoona Police Sergeant Jason Ferguson said that they responded to a call at a site located north of the Fifth Avenue Northwest and Adventureland Drive intersection. They found the worker, who was part of a team involved in the digging of the trench and excavation work being done for a sewer pipe, buried after the walls of the trench collapsed.

Emergency responders spent hours working to rescue the worker, but were unable to do so as the tunnel they were attempting to dig in order to reach him repeatedly collapsed. Eventually the team recovered the man’s body at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Jens Nissen, the administrator of Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, stated that the objective now was to see whether the employer obeyed the construction and excavation laws. Citations will be given if violations are confirmed.



Campustown scaffolding accident results in deaths of two workers

Two men died after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in Campustown on Friday last week, according to a report by the Des Moines Register on June 22.

At around 5 p.m., authorities responded to the scene of the fatal workplace accident at a student housing project under construction on Lincoln Way. One construction worker immediately died at the scene. The other worker was rushed to the Mary Greeley Medical Center for his injuries but was later pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the two workers had been wearing their safety harnesses at the time of the incident, but the harnesses were not attached to the scaffolding’s safety ropes.

The Minneapolis-based contractor of the apartment building resumed their operation on Monday after temporarily suspending it over the weekend due to the incident.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Ames Police, and the Opus Group LLC are currently conducting an investigation, which is expected to conclude in six months or less.



CUTS: acronym to prevent scaffold-related accidents

Scaffolding accidents are among the most common causes of debilitating injuries and death among construction industry workers not just in the state, but also in the whole country. Among the most common hazards associated with scaffold use are impalement caused by falling work materials, scaffold collapse, and falls.

As a worker, you can prevent scaffold-related incidents from happening by minimizing your risks. You can do this by considering these steps, symbolized by the acronym CUTS, when using scaffolding:

  • Check if the scaffold is in safe working condition before use
  • Use the scaffold and any associated equipment strictly the way they are meant to be used; do not improvise
  • Take note of the manufacturer’s guidelines on safe working load capacity
  • Set foot in and out of the scaffold in a manner that is conventional and safe

In some instances, however, a scaffold-related injury could be a result of contractors who either want to speed up the project or use substandard scaffolding materials to cut costs. To file for a workers’ compensation claim in Des Moines, a lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help. Call us at 877-327-2600 today for a free assessment of your case.



Demolition-related deaths prompt OSHA to address the issue

In light of the recent fatalities in the construction industry during demolition procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced updated demolition safety procedures on its website that would help educate workers and employers about hazard assessment and mitigation.

In a press statement released on July 10, the OSHA also said it recently conducted demolition safety training to benefit workers and employers in Philadelphia on the federal, state, and local government levels.

According to the OSHA, fatalities in the demolition industry could be prevented with proper planning, use of appropriate protective equipment, training, and compliance with the OSHA safety standards.

Unfortunately, many contractors still fall short in providing a safe, hazard-free workplace. If you believe the injury you have acquired at work is caused by your employer’s negligence, a dedicated and assertive lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to assist you in filing for workers’ compensation in Des Moines. Consult with us by calling 877-327-2600 to learn more about your eligibility.



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