In the early 1900s, men who worked in the construction industry were tough, gritty and resilient. City skyscrapers didn’t just appear overnight. They were built by men who climbed to great heights and worked with their hands for twelve grueling hours a day. History books show photographs of construction workers, walking on steel beams high above the ground. These “daredevil” workers literally walked the line between life and death, with no safety net beneath them. These kinds of urban construction jobs may have been revolutionary for their time, but much has changed since then.
Nowadays, the construction industry has been regulated so that personal injury accidents and accidental deaths are kept to absolute minimums. In other words, what was commonplace in 1925 is now illegal according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Despite the numerous safeguards that are now in place, construction site accidents are still commonplace in this country. In fact, according to OSHA statistics, roughly 85 construction workers are killed every week in the U.S.—this equates to nearly twelve per day!
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 22-year-old Daniel Moran was working at a construction site in Argyle, Texas. The Argyle High School was undergoing a new renovation project at its sports complex, and Moran’s family business was hired to do work there. Daniel, his two brothers, his father, and his grandfather were all at the site when a terrible accident happened.
According to nbcdfw.com, tragedy struck that day when Daniel’s father was backing up an 18-wheeler truck while his grandfather stood by and watched. Somehow, David did not see the truck and got his foot caught beneath the rear wheel. He then fell beneath the tire tread and was run over. Daniel, who had just celebrated his birthday a day prior, was dead.
The death of Daniel Moran was the second in a matter of two weeks at the Argyle High School construction site. School officials are now debating whether they need to terminate the renovation project in light of the recent tragedies.