Hawaii reports surge in serious work-related industrial accidents
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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