About three million workplace injuries occur each year, with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reporting about 4,500 workplace deaths occur from sudden traumatic injuries. Some occupations inherently have a higher rate of employee injury and death than others; government statistics show that construction workers have the highest risk of suffering a workplace injury.
Improper roadway cleanup from an earlier storm and "ponding" that resulting from poor drainage made the Oakwood Beach intersection on Staten Island, N.Y, a hazardous place in the winter of 2004. On one particular afternoon, Christopher Litrell Jr., 10 years old at the time and attempting to walk his scooter across the street, slipped and fell on an icy part of the intersection as a minivan approached the intersection. He was struck by the vehicle, suffering two broken legs, a shattered pelvis and a traumatic brain injury.