MOORE, Okla. — Paramedics rushed a construction worker to the hospital Friday morning after a steel beam crushed his foot.
Construction workers cleared their tools from the future Moore Police Station they were working on moments after the fellow worker’s foot was crushed on the job.
“Workers were pretty shook up,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.
He said a steel beam fell 35 feet from a crane right onto a worker’s foot.
His boot left at the scene is evidence of the pain he suffered.
“With this type of injury, that’s devastating to us; we don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Sgt. Lewis said.
It’s not an unlikely accident to Diana Jones, Director of Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the Department of Labor.
This year, she says three people were killed on construction sites.
In an effort to eliminate the number of fatalities and injuries, the Department of Labor works with employers to help them comply with safety regulations.
“It’s really important to have a strong health and safety be in place so you identify hazards upfront and plan for that and implement prevention strategies,” Jones said.
OSHA was also called out to investigate.
“Anytime you’re carrying that much weight in the air, you know the dangers of that. That’s why they wear hard hats. It just looks like a dangerous site with all the iron being moved around.”
While he looks forward to the completion of the police station, he hopes it is finished accident-free.
All Steel Company wouldn’t comment on the accident because the investigation is ongoing.