Iowa construction accident— Strong winds pushed over concrete wall, worker dead

Iowa construction accident— Strong winds pushed over concrete wall, worker dead


Legal news for Iowa construction accident attorneys. A concrete wall collapsed, killing one construction worker in Blairsburg.

OSHA alerts Iowa construction accident lawyers- Strong wind gusts caused a concrete wall to collapse, killing a worker on impact.

Hamilton County, IA– A Clarion man was killed after a gust of wind knocked over a concrete wall on Friday afternoon, April 2, 2010, killing him underneath the immense weight. The fatal construction accident occurred around noon at the new addition of the Northeast Hamilton Elementary School in Blairsburg, as reported by The Messenger.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department reported the strong wind gusts in the area blew over a concrete block wall that was under construction. The wall fell onto David Thompson, 57, of Clarion, which killed him on impact. Responding emergency medical technicians (EMT) pronounced the worker dead at the scene. The wall was a reported 18 feet tall and at least 12 feet wide when it collapsed. The winds in the area apparently reached higher than 35 mph that day. Workers at the construction site stated three men were coming out for their lunch break when the wall fell on top of Thompson. Peterson Construction reportedly employed the worker when the accident occurred.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the construction accident. Classes at Northeast Hamilton were not in session when the fatal workplace accident took place. A full investigation is currently underway.

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

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