Washington construction accident – Worker crushed to death by a house on Guemes Island

Legal news for Washington construction accident attorneys. A worker was killed when a house slipped of its foundation.

OSHA alerts Construction accident lawyer- A construction worker was killed when a house slipped off its foundation on Guemes Island.

Guemes Island, WA—A construction worker was tragically killed when a house he was working on slipped off its foundation, and crushed the worker to death. The fatal construction accident happened on Saturday, December 13, 2009, around 3:15 a.m. on Guemes Island at Southshore Road, as reported by KOMO News.

The Anacortes Fire Department rushed to the scene where six workers were lowering a house to come into accordance with building codes, when the fatal accident occurred. The house apparently was too tall when it was first constructed. As the house was being lowered it slipped and crushed one worker, who was standing between two beams, to death; he was pinned and crushed by pieces of house structure. The other workers all made it out safely and without injury. The Skagit County Sherriff’s Office identified the victim as a 57-year-old Mount Vernon man, David Leep. Officials believe Leep was killed instantly. Reportedly, rescuers and rescue equipment was being ferried over to Guemes Island from Anacortes to help in the recovery effort; the location is only accessible by ferry. Police officials and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov officials, and the state Department of Labor of Industries are conducting a full investigation.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Washington construction accident lawyers.

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