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1 dead when tow strap broke during construction job

Construction accidents are avoidable in most cases, but many people suffer the consequences when their equipment is defective or they make errors on the job. Whether it’s from failing to check equipment before it’s used or overestimating how much a tow bar can really support, even minor mistakes can lead to serious injuries or deaths.

If you’re hurt at work or lose a loved one in a construction accident, you are typically able to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Death benefits may be available for families who are left behind.

A man killed in a machinery accident in Miami Township is the center of an investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Unit. According to the news, the man was working at a construction site when the incident occurred.

The news reports that the man was operating a Komat’su D65 Bulldozer. He was attempting to pull an excavator out of a pit with the tow strap attached to his bulldozer. Unfortunately, the tow strap was not strong enough for the load and broke, causing the rope to swing around the vehicle and strike the man as he sat inside. The impact of the rope resulted in the man’s death. When the Fire Department arrived alongside University of Cincinnati Air Care, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Incidents like these shouldn’t take place; sometimes there are mistakes that happen that should have been avoided. Some questions could be asked, like if the tow strap was damaged or frayed or if the weight being hauled was too heavy. Now, the police will be investigating to find out exactly why this incident occurred, and how it could be avoided in the future.

Source: Cincinnati.com, “Man killed in machinery accident in Miami Township,” Fatima Hussein, May 18, 2016

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