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Construction workers' accidents being investigated by OSHA

After a retaining wall fell, causing one worker's injuries and the death of another, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating. The construction workers' accidents took place in New York at a development site where a lumber yard is being made into a commercial area. Both apartments and commercial sites will be moving into the area once it is finished.

According to the report, a partial collapse of the wall allowed a large amount of dirt to be spilled where the two victims were working. Thousands of yards of dirt had been brought in and were being held back by that wall. When it fell, the dirt came pouring in on the workers. At this time, it is unclear what caused the wall to fall. 

A part of that wall fell directly onto one of the workers, causing his death, according to the report. Another worker was struck by the wall but managed to escape with injuries. First responders found the first man trapped underneath the wall, and the second man was laying on the ground where he had been knocked when the wall fell.

After looking for the trapped man for about 35 minutes, the first responders realized that there was a danger of a second collapse. They still managed to locate him but discovered that he had died in the accident. The team then worked to recover his body, which was turned over to the medical examiner's office.

When construction workers' accidents such as this occur in New York, the victims and their families can be left with medical bills and other financial burdens that may not be covered by workers' compensation. When this happens, the victims and their families may choose to speak with a personal injury attorney. This lawyer can guide them in how to proceed in order to seek damages in their cases.

Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, "OSHA investigates fatal collapse at Dutton site", Abbott Brant, Aug 4, 2017

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