Laborer Killed after being Struck by a Slab of Concrete that had been Lifted
New Jersey Case Report: 12NJ021
Release Date: September 3, 2013
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A 19-year-old male Hispanic laborer was killed after a 58-x 48- x 5-inch, 1200-pound slab of concrete struck his head. The incident occurred at a residential, northern NJ neighborhood sidewalk. On the day of the incident, a four-member crew was attempting to re-grade the ground beneath a concrete sidewalk. To access the area for grading, the sidewalk slab was connected by a chain to the bucket of a skid-steer loader in order to lift it. According to the crew, the victim had knelt down while the slab was being moved. The slab swung and struck the victim in the head. The victim suffered massive blunt force trauma injuries, including a fractured skull. He died minutes after the injury.