Authorities in Ada County, Idaho, are investigating a construction accident north of Boise that resulted in the death of a worker Monday, Oct. 5.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. at a construction site in a suburban development in the Hidden Springs area, according to the Idaho Press.

The Sheriff’s Office said 25-year-old Patrick Lee Anderson of Meridian, Idaho, was operating a scraper, an industrial vehicle used to move and level dirt, when the heavy machine rolled down a tall hill.

Mr. Anderson was thrown from the scraper and was then struck by the machine, authorities said. He died of blunt force trauma at the scene of the accident, according to the Ada County coroner. His death has been ruled an accident.

The accident was the second deadly construction accident in the state in recent days. The Idaho Falls Post Register last week reported the death of Ronald Messenger, 63, of Rigby, Idaho.

Mr. Messenger, who had worked for the Bonneville County, Idaho, Public Works’ Road and Bridge Division for 10 years, was killed when the bulldozer he was operating on a hillside started to slide. The weight of the vehicle caused it to overturn onto Mr. Messenger, severely injuring him.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating both accidents. According to OSHA, construction is among the “Fatal Four” industries with the most on-the-job fatalities. According to federal data, one in every five work-related deaths occurs in the construction industry. In 2018, the last year for which complete figures are available, there were 4,779 worker fatalities, 1,008 of which occurred in construction.

Falling accidents are the leading cause of construction-industry deaths, followed by struck-by deaths, caused when workers are hit by construction materials, heavy equipment, vehicles, and other objects.

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Beasley Allen handles a variety of cases related to workplace safety, including situations similar to this. While all workers should be guaranteed a safe working environment, all too often we handle cases of serious injuries and deaths resulting from a hazardous work environment. Many times our investigation reveals defective or dangerous machinery was involved, or employers failed to provide adequate protections or ignored safety regulations. If you need more information, contact Kendall Dunson or Evan Allen, lawyers in our Personal Injury & Products Liability Section who handle workplace litigation for our firm.

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