What do you think the worst construction accidents in history are? Unfortunately there are construction accidents all the time, and if you would like to learn about them, it is worth reading Insider Monkey’s article that was recently published. Mankind loves to create, not only small things but monumental buildings, bridges as well. We made perfect lots of things but at the same time we made some mistake too. Those who work on constructions still risk their lives every day to earn wages. Construction accidents are regular, and in the United States, on average, two construction workers die of work-related injuries each day. This is a pretty bad statistics and it seems as if nothing is going to change in the near future. The usual injuries include falls, electrocution, being struck by an object or caught between two objects. Sadly, construction workers face these risks every day when they go to work.
Negligence is a very frequent cause of fatal injuries on construction sites. People always try to make shortcut to spare time or money and it can lead to an accident. Construction is not only building something new, but companies tend to put more value on financial gain or saving time. It’s a very sad fact. And as they want to save money and time accidents can happen especially when someone becomes hasty or greedy and tries to finish the project as quickly as possible. Safety regulations are to ensure to ensure that a project can be completed are often neglected and overlooked even though this may have fatal consequences.
We have picked three accidents from Insider Monkey’s list: Quebec City Bridge, Willow Island and Deepwater Horizon, Mexico. Quebec City Bridge is known to be the longest cantilever bridge in the world, but it collapsed twice in its history. It was opened in 1919, after two accidents and many years of construction. The first accident happened in 1907, when the bridge collapsed and killed 75 workers while 11 others were injured. The next accident took place in 1916; another 13 workers were killed when they tried to raise a new central section. One of the worst construction accidents took place at Willow Island in West Virginia, in 1978 and the reason for it is again negligence and hasty construction. 51 workers were killed in this terrible accident. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill ( or BP spill) began on April 10, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico when the oil platform exploded and sank. The accident killed 11 workers and oil continued to leak into the Gulf of Mexico during the next 87 days.
If you are interested in this topic, you should check 10 worst construction accidents in history.