Two men were killed and one was seriously injured in a construction accident on April 18 when a wall they were working on collapsed. The three men worked for two different subcontractors that were overseeing the construction of a 28,080-square-foot Goodwill store. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) said they were unfamiliar with both subcontractors.
One construction worker, Rodney Sellers, was taking his lunch break when he said he heard a loud boom that sounded like a dynamite blast. He said other workers immediately rushed to where the accident happened to help the worker who was injured escape from the collapsed wall, but the other two workers were trapped. The two workers were pronounced dead by the time rescue crews arrived. TOSHA representatives said that the wall appeared to be braced, but an investigation would take place to see if all the proper construction safety precautions were taken. The two subcontractors will also face investigation; a process TOSHA said may take up to 4 to 6 weeks.
It is never easy to hear about accidents like these as they may have been avoidable. Most construction accidents that involve a loss of life are usually due to someone not following proper procedure, followed by the company not taking the time to address the issues. Companies need to be held accountable for their actions. If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in a construction accident, contact our Tennessee injury attorney today at (615) 845-6141. We want to help you through this difficult time.
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