While you’re at work today, stop and take a moment to be thankful. For one thing, you have a job, and that is a privilege that many Americans, even today, do not have. Although the economy has improved as of late, there are still great strides to be made in the area of unemployment. Secondly, you should be thankful that your job doesn’t require any risks to your physical health. Police officers, soldiers and firefighters cannot say the same; these are professions that often require a physical sacrifice in the line of duty.
In a similar way, a construction job can be extremely taxing on the body. Some workers are fortunate enough to make it through their entire careers without suffering a major injury. Others, however, are not so lucky. Construction sites are teeming with hazards that could send workers to the hospital. Heavy machinery, raw materials, and unfinished structures all pose threats to these hardworking individuals on a routine basis. Yet they push forward, knowing that their jobs are the best way to provide for themselves and their families, especially in these fragile economic times.
On November 10, 2014, a construction site accident took place in Sun Valley, Idaho. According to the Idaho Mountain Express, one worker was killed and four others were severely injured when a wall collapsed at the Diamond Back Town Homes construction site at around 1:00 pm. The five man crew had been framing walls inside several homes on the site before the drywall crashed down on them without warning.
Three victims were able to walk out to emergency medical responders. Two were back-boarded and transported to the hospital via ambulance. 46-year-old Ricardo Ayala-Martinez was in even worse condition. He was rushed to the St. Luke’s Wood River Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.
The project was being operated jointly by two local companies, Magleby Construction and Gonzalez and Sons Construction. Magleby, which oversaw the specific area where the wall collapsed, has since been cited by OSHA for failing to comply with certain regulations, including safety bracing for incompleted walls and structures. Another citation was for fall protection and needing guard rails to be on the second floor of the building.