Construction Worker killed May 19
A construction worker was killed early Tuesday about 90 miles south of St. Louis while working on the Taum Sauk Reservoir project. The woman’s name has not been released, but it is known that she was 48 years of age and working on a concrete project at the time of the accident. Unidentified co-workers of the woman stated that at about 1:00 a.m. Tuesday the woman was using a blowing machine to blow dust and dirt from concrete when she was struck by a dump truck. The woman may have been wearing earplugs and therefore could not have heard the dump truck coming. Other employees have stated that they have been very concerned for their safety for quite a while and thought that an accident would occur any day.
The woman worked for Ozark Constructors, LLC, which was hired by AmerenUE to rebuild the upper reservoir, which feeds a hydroelectric plant. In December of 2005, the reservoir ruptured and water poured into Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, causing a considerable amount of damage. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating this accident. OSHA has investigated Ozark Constructors, LLC for two employee-produced complaints about the company in the previous year, neither one resulting in a citation being issued.