Posted On: July 31, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Worker Dies After He is Struck by Utility Pole

A 32-year-old construction worker is dead after he was struck by a utility pole during a construction accident. The pole was knocked over by construction equipment that a co-worker was operating.

The worker that died is Andrew Russell Clarke. The man that was operating the Bobcat is Paul Maple, who is the father of Clarke’s girlfriend.

According to officials, Maple was backing up the Bobcat when he struck the pole, which fell onto a parked truck. They think that Clarke was reaching inside the truck when he got hit. They are calling his death a tragic work accident.

In other recent construction accident news:

• On Thursday, a construction worker was treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the wall of a garage under construction fell on him.

• A man who was operating heavy equipment for a highway improvement project died when the machinery ran him over. Steve Vigil was using a chip spreader to spread gravel when he fell in front of the machine. He died at the construction accident site.

• A flagwoman died while working on a bridge interchange project.

• 23-year-old construction worker Donald Flood III died after falling from an Ingersoll-Rand asphalt roller. The machine struck him and he sustained fatal injuries as a result.

• On Wednesday, a 21-year-old worker died in a construction accident after the square bucket on the top of a front end loader struck him on the chest. John Bradley IV was one of a group of construction workers who were making street repairs.

Amenia man killed in construction accident, Poughkeepsie, July 30, 2009

2 killed in NM industrial accidents, AP/, July 30, 2009

Man Hurt In Construction Accident, News Talk 650, July 30, 2009

Norco man killed in construction accident in eastern New Orleans,, July 29, 2009

Update: Construction worker in fatal Des Moines accident is identified,, July 29, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Constructions Accidents, Justia

US Department of Labor

Our Chicago construction accident lawyers can help you file your Illinois workers’ compensation paperwork, as well as pursue any Chicago personal injury or wrongful death claims against liable third parties.

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