A 55-year-old construction worker died this past week in an accident at a downtown Indianapolis building site. The victim, Stanley Roberts of Indianapolis, was an ironworker employed by Harmon Steel. He was working on the new Indiana Convention Center construction site where approximately 250 construction workers are employed on the expansion project.
Emergency crews were called to the site at 3:18 p.m on June 17th. When they arrived, discovered that Roberts had fallen more than 50 feet from the lift in which he was working. Initial investigations indicate that the lift toppled or jerked suddenly for unknown reasons, throwing him to the ground.
Questions remain unanswered concerning the safety harness that Mr. Roberts was wearing at the time. Initial reports indicated that the harness was may not have been attached to the equipment, which contributed to his fatal injuries. A second report indicated that the harness, locked into the equipment may have failed in the incident. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and OSHA continue to investigate the incident. They hope to determine the exact cause of Mr. Roberts’ fall.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year. Falls account for the majority of construction site accidents.