Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Fatal Construction Accident Being Investigated

At Blades Direct, we make a point to emphasize workplace safety for our customers and others within the industry. Unfortunately, from time-to-time, news stories come through that hit close to home and remind us of the potential hazards within the construction and contracting industries. In Notre Dame, Indiana, a 22-year-old construction was recently killed and it has been just announced that investigators are looking closely into the situation. The investigation is expected to last approximately 3 months. This story is a firm reminder to please be careful out there, particularly during the upcoming cold winter months...
  from ABC News: Investigations Launched Into Fatal Construction Accident NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Thursday's accident on the Notre Dame campus that killed 22-year-old Mark Ellsworth Jr when a tree fell on him. Ellsworth, an employee of R&R Excavation, was clearing trees in a wooded area at Twyckenham and Bulla. We looked through OSHA inspection reports for Indiana and Michigan and learned that in the last decade, R&R Excavation has not been cited for any violations. After the accident Thursday morning, construction at the scene was halted. We learned the state of Indiana is launching its own investigation. "It is about worker safety. Period. That is our approach," said Bob Dittmer with the Indiana Department of Labor. [ READ MORE ]