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Fayetteville Construction Accident Kills Worker

excavator construction accidentA 20-year-old construction worker lost his life in a construction accident in Fayetteville this past Sunday. 

The young man was part of a crew that was digging a hole using an excavator on West Rochier Street. The machine hit a sewer line that began spewing debris into the hole. The ill-fated man jumped in to clear some of the debris when the hole caved in.

His colleague called for help and tried to keep the man’s face clear to enable him to breath. Police were on the scene within two minutes and emergency crews arrived later, but the man did not survive the ordeal. It took more than an hour and half to excavate his body from the hole.

Those in charge of construction operations need to be incredibly responsible with their projects in order to prevent these kinds of tragic deaths. For instance, in terms of this accident, one may wonder why were they instructed to dig a hole in a place where they could mistakenly puncture a sewer line or whether they were properly trained in how to operate the excavator. The responsibility to ensure the safety of a construction worker’s tasks falls on the site’s management staff, and there may be a chance it failed to uphold this requirement.

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