The Yakima Herald.com reports that David Zapel, 44, was killed in a construction accident on Saturday afternoon. According to Zapel’s son, Zapel was working under an excavator boom when hydraulic fluid suddenly leaked out of the excavator and the boom fell on Zapel, crushing him.
Rescue workers, a police officer and Zapel’s son tried reviving him but he died at the scene of the accident.
The accident occurred at Solid Rock Contractors, 2 miles east of Cle Elum.
The accident is being investigated.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, in 2006 there were 87 Washington State workers killed on the job. More than 50% of construction injuries occur to people under the age of 45.
In this case, we hope that investigators find out of the cause of this apparent machine failure so that it will never happen again. When OSHA investigates they will determine the cause of the apparent malfunction and whether it was caused by a design flaw, misuse or improper maintenance.
If you have been seriously injured on the job or if you’re loved one has been killed, you should contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction accidents. It is imperative that a permanently disabled worker or the family members of a deceased worked be compensated to insure a stable future for the worker and his family.
Contact The Farber Law Group for a free and confidential case evaluation.
See our Construction Accident Resources.