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Man Dies in Sun Valley Construction Accident

Idaho Mountain Express reports that one man died and three others were injured after a construction accident occurred in Sun Valley.  The fatal accident took place at Diamond Back complex in Sun Valley Resort.

About the Sun Valley Construction Accident

Several Gonzalez and Sons Building Contracting framers were tending to the second floor of an unfinished townhome in Diamond Back complex when a two-sided dry wall divider collapsed on top of them.

46-year-old Ricardo Ayala-Martinez was pronounced dead shortly after the calamity. Three more individuals were extracted and cut out from the dry wall that entrapped them, and received medical treatment at the site of the accident. The men survived, suffering various severe injuries.  Four others were released from St. Luke’s Wood River hospital with no major injuries.

The Idaho Division of Building Safety and Sun Valley’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division arrived to Sun Valley on Friday evening to investigate the circumstances of the construction accident. They project to have the investigation completed within the upcoming months.

Construction Accident Statistics

According to United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • In 2013, 20.3 percent of private industry worker fatalities occurred in the construction industry.
  • Over half of construction deaths are caused by falls, strike of object, electrocution or being caught in or between objects.
  • Falling is the leading cause of death in construction, which caused 36.9 percent of construction deaths in 2013.
  • An average of 85 workers were killed on the job every week in 2013.

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