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Report: Elevator-related construction deaths on the rise

On Feb 2., a worker who fell 40 feet down an elevator shaft at the $3.6 billion Salt Lake City International Airport redevelopment project a few days earlier succumbed to his injuries and died. He was reportedly an employee of the joint venture contractor hired to oversee construction. OSHA has opened cases with both JV partners, Holder Construction and Big-D.

While the number of total elevator-related deaths among construction and maintenance workers is relatively small when compared to total construction fatalities, the rate of such deaths doubled from 2003 to 2016, from 14 to 28, with a peak of 37 in 2015, according to a report from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).

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