You wouldn’t think that you’d need to shore up a drainage trench that is only 3’9″ deep but think again. Watch this Youtube video to see what happened to one young man when the drainage ditch he was working in collapsed on him…
A scaffold platform fell from a construction site in Raleigh North Carolina yesterday as workers for the scaffolding company were dismantling it. The scaffold platform was 11 stories up and crashed into the Charter Square Project below. It is thought that four workers were on the scaffold at the time. Another workers was thought to be in the portable toilet when a piece of the scaffolding crushed it.
It is unclear at this time who was killed and where they were at the time of the accident.
Part of the scaffolding crashed through the glass wall of the building across the street, sticking out and hanging over the street below.
The collapse occured as employees of Associated Scaffolding were working on dismantling the mast climbers which is used to get workers up and down on the scaffold.
Adam Pye had just graduated college with a degree in business communication. On a well deserved break, he went with friends to the beach and together they decided to dig a tunnel in the sand. The tunnel was 10 feet deep.
That tunnel killed Adam when it collapsed on him. Friends were briefly able to hold his head clear but lost him when more of the sand collapsed further burying him.
Bystanders came to try to help dig him out., someone call 911 and emergency crews arrived 4 minutes later but, although by the time the EMT arrived, they had just gotten Adam’s head clear it was already too late. Adam was dead at the age of 26.
The point of this post is to let people know that digging holes at the beach (or anywhere else) can become a death trap if they are too deep. Fun as it is to have your kids dig at the beach, be aware of the fact that sand and dirt can collapse and end up burying them. Keep the holes shallow for safety.
In Fort Lauderdale, FL this past Monday, when a scaffold collapsed, 3 workers were left dangling and a 4th fell, buried under a pile of scaffolding.
Check out the video from the SunSentinel news website:
Incidentally, although the news report doesn’t mention it you can see the hanging worker standing in the trauma suspension strap to keep the blood flowing. That, in addition to the fire and rescue, also saved his life.