Highway 169 worker crushed to death by metal pipe

State figures show that the construction industry in Minnesota is one of the most dangerous to work in.

A man working on the Highway 169 reconstruction was killed Monday when he was crushed by a metal pipe.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the construction worker, identified as 38-year-old David Earl Hyde from Fulton, Missouri, died at the scene after the incident in Minnetonka just after 2:30 p.m.

KARE 11 reports that Hyde was the semi driver transporting large metal pipes. According to the State Patrol, he was helping unload the pipes from his trailer when one of them fell off, landing on him.

Burnsville-based Ames Construction, which is carrying out the work on the highway, told FOX 9 the pipe weighed between 2,500 and 2,600 pounds.

The Pioneer Press reports the fatality is under investigation by state workplace safety officials.

Highway 169 closed between Bren Road and 7th Street last month, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation replaces the Nine Mile Creek Bridge. It's not expected to reopen until the fall.

Fatalities in construction

The most recent statistics from the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are from 2015, when 74 people died in workplace accidents in the state.

Of these deaths, nine occurred in the construction industry. That's the second highest after agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, which accounted for 23 deaths.

Along with mining, the construction industry had the most cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, with 5.3 injuries or illnesses recorded per 100 workers, OSHA figures show.

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