A construction worker who was working on a job at a site in the San Diego area died after a wall collapsed, leaving man the man trapped underneath the structure. Another worker, who was thrown away from the wall when it fell, reportedly hurt his back and his leg in the incident.
A portion of the wall, a six-foot-high concrete structure, collapsed on the two men suddenly while they were digging near it. The portion that fell was sizeable, about 20 feet long. While rescue crews joined the construction workers in trying to dig the trapped man out of the rubble, their efforts were tragically not enough to save the worker. Many of the construction workers at the scene said that they had known each other for a long time, well over two decades.
Authorities said that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, OSHA, will be investigating the accident and will specifically try to find out why the wall collapsed so quickly and without warning. While it was not what the construction company was trying to accomplish at the job site, needless to say that OSHA will take appropriate action if the construction company or someone else violated safety standards.
However, even if this really was simply an unavoidable accident or even the responsibility of the victims themselves, the injured worker and the deceased worker’s family is in all likelihood eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, which cover construction accidents as well as most other illnesses and accidents related to a person’s employment. These benefits are paid without regard to fault; however, the process can still be complicated, and legal assistance may be advisable.
Source: Fox 5, “Construction worker trapped underneath collapsed wall dies,” April 3, 2017