According to the Sun Sentinel, a construction worker was killed after the ground caved in beneath him at his job site.
The accident happened on June 27 in Pembroke Park. The cave-in reportedly left a hole 12 feet deep. After falling through the hole, the construction worker was buried in sandy dirt so deep only his feet were left exposed.
“He was mostly buried with just parts of his limbs visible,” said the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman. “The technical rescue team had to secure that hole. You can’t just rush in. You can have a secondary cave-in or collapse.”
The rescue team was able to reach the man within about 15 minutes after “structurally [reinforcing]” the potentially unstable and dangerous hole. However, they were not able to reach the man in time to save his life, pronouncing him dead at the scene.
Who Can I Call If I Am Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Construction Accident?
When pursuing litigation following a construction accident, victims and their families will often be up against one or more entities and all the resources, knowledge and experience they have at their disposal, including:
- Construction site owners
- General contractors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Construction workers
- Supervisors and managers
The injury lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson have over 40 years of experience helping victims and their families who need to determine fault in a construction accident or pursue wrongful death claims. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us today.
Did You Know: According to the US Department of Labor, at 34.6 percent, falls were the leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites in 2012.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Injury Attorneys