A construction worker for Johnson Western Gunite in Mingo County, West Virginia (WV) was performing his maintenance job admirably when tragedy struck. He was operating an excavator in a railway tunnel for a Norfolk Southern railroad expansion project when a portion of the roof collapsed, according to justicenewsflash.com.
This collapse created close to 60 tons of concrete and rock debris. According to early reports, the worker was crushed by the rock from the ceiling.
My deepest condolences go out to the worker's friends and family. These types of industrial accidents are terrible. As an injury lawyer who has represented workers in on-the-job accidents, there are far too many people getting hurt for no reason.
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is conducting a full investigation. Norfolk Southern officials are at the scene of the accident but it's debatable whether that's a good thing or not.
There are numerous questions that need to be answered in relation to the accident - Was there prior knowledge or reports indicating weak roofing in the railroad tunnel? Was the task being performed by the construction worker suitable given the work environment or not? Hopefully, the OSHA investigation will provide some revelations into what exactly happened.
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