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Construction Worker Killed in Excavator Collapse


Construction is a dangerous industry. There are a lot of tractors and machines needed to work on a construction project. Equipment is especially necessary for demolition projects and when they malfunction or are not used properly, they can cause damage and injure or kill workers.

Sadly, a worker was killed in a construction site accident in Delray Beach. The man was inside a dump truck when an excavator collapsed and landed on the truck. The fatal accident occurred on October 9.

The incident happened at 1041 Lewis Cove, just off State Road A1A. Workers were demolishing a home when a CASE excavator toppled over. The front of a dump truck was crushed and its windshield was smashed. A construction worker was inside the dump truck at the time. Delray Beach Fire Rescue took him to a local hospital, where he later died. The worker operating the excavator, an unidentified man, was not injured.

A home surveillance camera captured the construction accident as it unfolded. The excavator was on a mound of dirt when it started teetering. The tractor slightly moved and it toppled over onto the dump truck, smashing through where the worker was sitting. He landed onto the ground.

Police officers as well as representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating, along with police.

Why Are Construction Sites Deadly?

Construction sites have a lot of dangers. There is not only heavy machinery, but there is also a variety of tools and dangerous materials. There are also heights involved, as workers are often elevated off the ground with scaffolding or ladders. Others work underground, where there’s a risk of being crushed or buried in a trench.

Safety is also key. If employers do not have safety training and guidelines in place, accidents are much more likely to happen. Employers should have protective equipment such as goggles, helmets, gloves, boots, and high visibility vests available for employees. Organization is also important. Construction sites should be kept tidy, with clutter removed. Tools should be stored properly and not left lying around a job site.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Construction sites have many heavy machines. They often weigh many tons and can cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been injured, you need to know who to sue. A Tampa construction accident attorney from Moore Law can be of great help. Get started with a free consultation. Get Moore. Fill out the online form or call 813-510-5400.



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