The post-gazette.com website reported in an article on March 10, 2009 that Richard Reed Custer, 41 a journeyman electrician died while at work as a result of what appears to be an accident. The forklift construction accident in Pennsylvania happened at a site in the Poland Mines in Dunkard Township, Greene County. According to police reports, Custer was an employee for TP Electric and working for Lincoln Contracting at the water pumping and filtration plant construction site. Custer was working on a scissor lift that was raised so that he could install brackets. Somehow a forklift that was picking up wooden pieces bumped into the scissor lift, knocking it over on its side, flinging Custer from the protected metal basket.
Custer was immediately rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Upon arrival there he was pronounced dead. State investigators are continuing their investigation and will conduct an autopsy.
Many construction sites are not as safe as they could be. The reality is that many Philadelphia construction site accidents can be prevented if the employer implements smart and enforceable safety practices. Workers should be properly trained in the operation of machinery, and the site properly managed according to legal standards. In the United States construction is a very large industry. It is also a high risk industry. It ranks third in the rate of injury caused deaths, following mining and agriculture. For every 100,000 workers, 15 die due to injury.
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