Construction Worker Killed in Northeast D.C. Trench Collapse

Construction Worker Killed in Northeast D.C. Trench Collapse


03/28/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Washington, D.C.—A Thursday afternoon construction accident killed a man who became trapped in a collapsed trench. The fatal construction accident occurred at a work site on Evarts Street in Northeast around 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2011, reported the Washington Times.

According to officials, workers were doing utility work in a trench out front of a house that is under construction when the wet, heavy dirt collapsed around one worker.

About 75 fire and emergency rescue crews rushed to the scene and conducted a three-hour rescue effort.

“We saw the top of his head, but he was slumped over and not communicating,” Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer told the Washington Times. “We couldn’t see his face.”

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue teams pulled his body from the trench close to midnight.

The D.C. Department of Transportation, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to the scene.

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