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Accident at Amazon Construction Site in Philadelphia Kills One

Posted in Construction Accident on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

A Philadelphia construction site accident killed one worker on Tuesday, July 27. The victim was employed by a local construction company building a new Amazon warehouse distribution center. At Soloff & Zervanos, our Philadelphia construction injury attorneys understand the dangers of your profession. Today, we explore this fatal incident and how you can protect yourself when working in the construction industry.

Details of the Fatal Philadelphia Construction Site Accident

The accident occurred at 700 Ramona Road, which is slated to be a brand new Amazon warehouse. The victim, a 29-year-old construction worker, died when the ground beneath him gave way and a wall of the warehouse collapsed, trapping him underground.

Emergency personnel was dispatched to the construction site around 10:30 am on Tuesday. They used heavy machinery to dig out the trapped construction worker, who was then taken to Temple University Hospital where he died from his injuries around Noon. authorities have yet to release the victim’s identity.

The victim was an employee of Mayfield Site Contractors Inc., which is headquartered in King of Prussia. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the company was hired to build a retaining wall at the site of the new warehouse. An OSHA spokesperson said that there are no historical reports of construction accidents for the company.

How to Keep Yourself Safe on a Philadelphia Construction Site

Working in construction can be both rewarding and dangerous. It is a profession where the slightest mistake on your part or the part of a co-worker can leave you seriously injured or dead. Be sure to follow these safety tips when working on a Philadelphia construction site:

  • Always wear a hard hat
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing near machinery
  • Wear the appropriate shoes for roofing work or working on scaffolding
  • Inspect your tools prior to use each day
  • Do not work in or near a trench unless it has been inspected by the safety officer
  • Serve as a spotter for a co-worker who is operating a vehicle in reverse
  • Wear the proper harness when working on scaffolding or a roof
  • Attend required safety training classes provided by your employer

Fatal Pennsylvania Construction Site Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 26 private construction industry fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2019, the most recent year of data available. OSHA labeled the top four fatal construction accidents, known as the “Fatal Four.” These accidents include:

  • Being struck by an object
  • Falls
  • Getting caught in between two things
  • Electrocution

Call a Philadelphia Construction Injury Attorney Today

Did you suffer an injury on a Philadelphia construction site? Are you worried that you will not be able to pay the bills while you miss time at work to recover? The Philadelphia construction injury attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. are here to fight for your right to compensation, which could include the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Medical expenses
  • Punitive damages (if the negligent party was found to have acted intentionally)

Call our office at 866-597-8572 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.