8: 1 Worker Killed, 2 Injured in Construction Site Collapse

Raleigh, NC – 3 workers were buried when a portion of an excavated area collapsed, killing one worker and injuring the other two.

The N Carolina DOL reports that work was being completed on an affordable housing project at Old Wake Forest Road and Triangle Town Boulevard when the incident occurred last Tuesday.

Authorities said workers and others at the scene were able to pull two of the buried workers to safety but weren’t able to dig the third person out from under the dirt.

WRAL.com reports that in addition to Wake EMS, Raleigh firefighters and police officers assisted in the effort to recover the man’s body. Old Wake Forest Road was blocked off between Triangle Town Boulevard and Fox Road for the recovery operation much of the afternoon.

Harold K. Jordan & Co., the Apex-based general contractor for the 382-unit apartment complex, said the man who died worked for Vertical Walls Inc., a subcontractor hired by Honeycutt Construction Services Inc., which is handling site preparation work before the apartments can be built.

HKJ officials said Vertical Walls was excavating an area to build a retaining wall for a stormwater retention pond when the accident occurred.

Inspectors with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health were at the site Tuesday to investigate the accident.