A worker helping to build a bridge over the Pamlico Sound in Rodanthe, North Carolina, was crushed to death after being pinned by a crane, putting construction on the 2.4-mile-long swing bridge on hold.

The deceased was identified as Steven “Bull” Roy Bailey, 42, a master mechanic who worked for Flatiron Corp., the project contractor. Bailey was a husband, father of three, and a volunteer with the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.

The jug handle-shaped bridge swings out from N.C. 12 in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound and reconnects to the highway in the village of Rodanthe. The $145.3 million project began two years ago and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021.

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, accounting for more than 20% of worker fatalities in 2018, according to OSHA stats. Being caught-in or caught-between objects at a worksite is among the so-called “Fatal Four” causes of death among construction workers. The others include falls, being struck by object, and electrocutions.

Workplace injury lawyers

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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