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Sand Wall Collapse Kills Two In Upper Brookville

The Oyster Bay Patch reports that two workers have been killed after a sand wall collapsed at a home in Upper Brookville. 

The collapse occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, sending rescue workers to the job site. Police sent one helicopter to the worksite for reports. The Bethpage and Massapequa Fire Departments also responded to the construction site. Two workers, who were not named, were at the bottom of a 30-foot hole. The workers were attempting to install a septic tank at the residence when the accident occurred.

They were completing some excavation work when one of the walls gave way. The men were buried in between 5 and 7 feet of dirt. One was pulled from the hole but was pronounced dead a few minutes later. As rescue crews resumed their search for the second worker, the other walls began to give way. Rescue workers had to wait until the walls were secured before resuming the recovery effort. 

According to both OSHA and the BLA, construction is one of the most dangerous and deadly industries to work in. One in five worker deaths occurs in the construction industry. Of all deaths of workers, construction, transportation, and material transportation account for 47%. When it comes to what kind of accidents cause the most deaths on construction sites, the biggest four are falls, being struck by an object, being caught in or between objects, and electrocution. These four causes account for 59.9% of all construction worker deaths. When it comes to injuries, 1 in every 10 construction workers suffers from an injury annually. 

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