Construction Worker Killed in Collapsed Trench
According to mySA.com, a construction worker was killed in a drainage project that trapped him inside when it collapsed on Thursday, March 9th, has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office as David Allen Williams, age 36.
The man died during the attempt to rescue him from the collapse that occurred at a construction site in the 1500 block of Classic Drive.
When firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident, co-workers were already trying to save the man from the aftermath of the collapse that buried him up to his neck in clay soil, according to San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood.
Hood also indicated that the amount of debris that fell on Williams was more than any human could handle.
Rescuers needed to shore up the walls of the ditch to prevent another collapse and this extended the time it took to recover Williams’s body.
The exact cause of the collapse is unclear for now, but OSHA will be investigating the work site accident, according to Chief Hood.
Work Related Deaths
Work-related accidents are a common enough problem, but when a death is involved, it becomes a major issue. OSHA regulates that businesses are supposed to do their best to keep a safe work environment for everyone employed by the company, but sometimes accidents do happen. Just because the accident was not planned, may not mean that there is nothing that can be done about the horrible situation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that in 2015, there were 13 work-related deaths per day. Out of the grand total of workplace fatalities, 7.2% of these deaths were from being crushed by or caught in between something. The highest percentage of fatalities on the job were from falls (38.8%).
Dealing with a Death
The loss of a family member may be a trying ordeal for most families, especially if the person who was lost was the sole bread-winner for the family. A family that has lost their main source of income may find themselves in a serious financial bind as they struggle to cover the cost of basic necessities like utilities, food, and clothing. These struggles might be happening simply because of another person’s careless behavior or negligent work ethic. If you have lost a loved one due to a work-related accident, contact us so we can review the details of your case at no cost to you.