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Bellevue, Washington – Worker Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries After Getting Struck by Falling Equipment

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Posted on October 25, 2019

Bellevue, Washington (October 24, 2019) – A construction worker sustained life-threatening injuries after equipment fell on him at a construction site on Bellevue Way Southeast, north of Interstate 90 on-ramp. The worker was transported to a Seattle hospital, and there has been no further word regarding his condition. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report the incident happened on the East Link construction site just before 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. The worker was said to have been disassembling a temporary support structure along the Interstate 90 when shoring equipment fell on him. Responding crews pulled him from the debris and took the victim to a hospital. The construction site was reported to have been shut down. No road closures have been announced, but driver are warned to keep the area clear.

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. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.