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Houston, Texas — August 27, 2012

Lynn Benson, 52, was arrested Monday evening after he drove a bulldozer through a Houston auction house and caused $1.5 million in damage according to the Houston Police Department. Mr. Benson was an employee of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and they are not sure why he drove through the building or was upset.

It is not known if anyone was hurt in the accident, but the building sustained severe damage. No other names were given in this incident.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 4,206 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2010, 774 or 18.7% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%) construction worker deaths in 2010.

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