According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 58-year-old man working outside a K-12 grade school in Murfreesboro was killed when a backhoe overturned, trapping him beneath it. The Sept. 23 incident happened at about 2 p.m. at Eagleville School in the southwestern part of Rutherford County.
One man is dead following a tanker truck accident on Aug. 15 in Franklin, Tennessee. The victim was reported to have been a driver for a Lawrenceburg-based oil company. No other people were injured in the accident.
Many different jobs require climbing, and most workers in Tennessee and across the nation are protected by safety regulations that require them to have safety equipment like harnesses. Until recently, however, federal regulations have allowed electrical workers to not use safety equipment when climbing. Instead, they have been allowed to "free climb" without any kind of safety equipment.
Even though many employers might not face citations for OSHA violation, there are many jobs that carry a heightened risk of serious injury or death for employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,500 to 6,500 fatal accidents occur at work every year. In a recent article, using statistics collected by the BLS indicate that, one writer suggests that workers employed in hazardous jobs seldom make a considerably higher pay rate than many other workers.
Tennessee work safety advocates may have heard that the body of a worker killed at a Nebraska manufacturing facility was recovered by authorities. The workplace accident, which killed two people and injured another 17, was being investigated by agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators braved extremely cold temperatures and an unstable structure to determine what happened at the three-story International Nutrition plant in Omaha. The factory manufactures nutritional goods added to feed eaten by poultry and livestock.