A construction worker died after reportedly being struck in the chest by equipment on a drill rig located at a construction site in San Ysidro, close to the United States-Mexico border in southern California. The accident occurred May 31.
According to a spokesperson from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the 52-year-old man was knocked about two feet off an elevated platform at the job site, which is located on Camiones Way just south of Camino de la Plaza. The man died from his injuries before rescue teams could transport him to a hospital.
The man was working for Earth Tech, a drilling subcontractor, on the reconstruction of the San Ysidro border crossing. Atkinson-Clark Construction, the contractor for the project, released a statement stating that work immediately halted after the accident and workers had access to crisis counselors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has started an investigation.
Common causes of construction accidents
Despite advances in technology and safety over the past several decades, the construction industry remains one of the most dangerous — if not the most dangerous — environment for workers in the United States.
Most construction accidents fall into one of four categories: falls, falling objects or debris, equipment or machinery accidents and trenching accidents. OSHA and other federal regulatory agencies have numerous safety requirements to ensure general contractors maintain safe workplaces. Those contractors who fail to abide by the standards could be liable for injuries or deaths that occur at a worksite.
For more information on how you should proceed after a workplace accident, speak with a knowledgeable San Diego construction site injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.