Construction Worker Injured in Home Wall Collapse

Source: Erkki Makkonen - 123RF

Pelham, MA – OSHA and local authorities are investigating an accident at a local home construction where a 62-year-old worker was buried when a concrete wall collapsed, seriously injuring the worker.

The Lowell Sun reports that emergency crews were able to free the unidentified worker underneath dry and freshly poured concrete, according to the Pelham Fire Department. He was then airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston by MedFlight, having suffered “multi-systems traumatic injuries,” firefighters said.

A witness said he heard a “bang”, adding, he also thought they heard someone yell.

The report states that a new wall, as well as the wet concrete construction crews, had just poured in a space between the new and old foundation, collapsed on the worker.

Pelham Fire Deputy Chief, Paul Leischner, estimates the wall was approximately 6- to 8-inches wide, roughly 8-feet tall and 20-feet in length.

The man was conscious at the scene of the accident, Leischner said. He added he was unsure if the injured man was a homeowner or if he was strictly a worker at the construction site.

The man, who was covered in wet cement, had to be decontaminated before he was transported to Tufts Medical Center. MedFlight used the Pelham Elementary School for a landing zone, firefighters said.