Hawaii reports surge in serious work-related industrial accidents

Increase includes fatalities, amputations, burns, other serious injuries

Posted June 6, 2018

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced that four fatalities and several serious injuries occurred during a 20-day period in May.

  • A heavy equipment boom holding a utility pole collapsed and the pole struck and killed a worker on the ground.
  • A worker died after falling out of a forklift that tipped over.
  • Two workers suffered second- and third-degree burns from an electrical arc flash while conducting electrical testing activities.
  • A worker suffered brain injuries and internal bleeding after receiving an electrical shock and falling off a scaffold.
  • A worker was killed when a golf-type cart lurched forward into a wall.
  • Two workers sustained serious injuries after falling off a platform that was being raised by a forklift.
  • A worker died while operating a riding mower that slid down a slope and over a retaining wall.
  • A worker was electrically shocked while arc welding a pipe and suffered serious burns to his face and jaw.
  • A worker lost his leg and sustained other serious bodily injuries when he was struck and run over by a track type of excavator.

The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) is investigating the accidents.


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