As construction continues on a rental car center close to the San Diego National Airport by the intersection of West Washington Street and Pacific Highway, news broke that one of the workers on the job died after he was crushed by rebar that had gotten loose and fallen on top of him.
According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident began when the 29-year-old construction worker began climbing rebar in preparation to pour concrete down it.
Unfortunately, at roughly 8:45 am, an accident occurred after something went terribly wrong. Fellow construction workers who were onsite at the time reported hearing the man yell that the rebar was collapsing. Shortly thereafter, it did indeed collapse, crushing the young worker in its path.
His fellow workers did everything they could to assist the man. They rushed to the scene to detach the safety harness he had been wearing from the rebar. 911 was called as well.
Although paramedics showed up at the scene while he was still alive, they were unable to save him. The construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, his identity has not been released to the public. However, a representative for the Airport Authority has confirmed that he was an employee of a joint venture between Austin and Sundt. According to the latter company, the two have teamed up to construct a $223 million rental car center for customers of the local airport. Work was immediately postponed after the accident occurred, but has since begun again.
No word on what exactly caused the accident has emerged. The worker was apparently wearing the correct safety gear and following protocol for pour concrete forms for rebar. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like much could be done to save him once the accident occurred.
If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job or you’ve lost a spouse from an onsite accident, you need to contact a lawyer immediately.