Construction Workers Injured in Rebar Tower Collapse

Fremont, CA – 3 workers were injured – one critically –  at a construction site near I-680 when a rebar tower weighing about 1,000 pounds fell on them.

Fremont Fire Battalion Chief, Jeff Youngsma, said that the workers were wrapping the rebar when it collapsed.

According to the East Bay Times, CA state safety officials said this is the second accident in which a worker was seriously hurt on this job in the past four months.

Two of the injured men were taken by ambulance to the Valley Medical Center trauma center in Santa Clara. One of them had moderate injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening.

Chief Youngsma said a third injured man went to an undisclosed hospital with what were termed minor-to-moderate injuries.

According to city staff reports, the workers are preparing the Mission Hills Square mixed-use development, which will have more than 55,000 square feet of retail and office space and 158 condominiums.

According to the Times report, Cal/OSHA is handling the investigation. Spokesman Frank Polizzi identified the employer at the site as Queens Land Builder Inc. He added that the investigation to determine the cause of the accident and if any workplace violations occurred, could take several months.

Polizzi said Cal/OSHA currently has another inspection open with Queens Land from the same construction site. In June, an employee was seriously injured when he fell from the second floor to the first floor while caulking.