ARLINGTON, TX — After slipping some 75 feet from the top of Cowboys Stadium, two workers sustained multiple injuries when they crashed into the lip of the retractable roof, which, mercifully, stopped their fall. Arlington Assistant Fire Chief Don Crowson reported to local news crews that the workers apparently slipped on a patch of ice.
The two men, employees of Birdair, Inc., were reportedly not wearing safety harnesses or lanyards when they began maintenance work at around 7:00 a.m. atop the stadium roof. Birdair, a specialty contractor for long-span and large custom tensile structures, is a subcontractor for Manhattan Construction. According to stadium officials, the men were working to diagnose a problem with the stadium’s massive retractable roof.
One of the men was care-flighted by helicopter ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX and was reported to have suffered significant head and neck injuries and a broken leg. The second worker suffered a back injury and was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.
Although a formal report will take months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was already on site to begin investigating circumstances surrounding the accident. A lawyer for Birdair said the company is cooperating with OSHA, Manhattan Construction, and the Dallas Cowboys in the investigation of safety issues.
Although federal agencies like OSHA have implemented extensive construction and job safety standards, thousands of workers are injured on the job and killed each year in the United States while performing their job duties. Many times those injuries are caused by a lack of safety equipment or inadequate safety training.
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