A 51-year-old construction worker died from injuries he sustained in a recent accident in East County.
The victim was reportedly on his lunch break in a trench at the site of what will eventually be a car dealership on the corner of North Marshall Avenue and Wagner Road in El Cajon. Suddenly, a concrete block wall at the edge of a residential property next to the site fell on him. It took more than an hour for emergency crews to be able to cut through the six-by-20-foot wall to get to his body. One other construction worker suffered minor injuries in the collapse.
The California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came in to investigate the death, in accordance with state policy related to serious workplace accidents.
Construction workers face heightened risks
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States, with fatal accidents still quite common on sites across California and throughout the country. This recent case is unique in that it was nothing at the construction site that caused the death, but rather a failing wall from an adjacent property.
In such a case, investigators and attorneys would have to be able to track down who either built or repaired the wall, determine if the proper permits were pulled to build it and find out if it was properly inspected. More than one construction company could bear some liability for the accident, and so this process could become quite complicated.
The California OSHA office was continuing to investigate the accident, as was the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. There have been no reports of legal action to date.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction or workplace accident due to another party’s negligence, it is important to begin exploring your legal options right away. Contact a skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire for further guidance.