Auburn, Washington – Worker Rescued from Debris in Collapse of Retaining Wall
Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 3:41 am
Auburn, Washington (February 10, 2020) – A worker was rescued after being trapped by debris from the collapse of a retaining wall at Evergreen Way Southeast and Kersey Way Southeast on Monday morning. According to the report from KOMO News, the worker was conscious and able to talk, but had been buried up to his waist by debris. He was eventually extricated and treated on scene to stave off hypothermia, before being taken in stable condition to Harborview Medical Center.
The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Crews from Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to the scene after receiving a report of a man who was trapped. At the scene of the incident, crews worked to shore up the dirt and rock, and an excavator removed a block that was preventing rescue.
About Crush Injuries
Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.
While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.