Monday, June 1, 2020
Subcontractor Dies After Fall Into 35-Foot Caisson
Tragedy struck on Thursday morning when a subcontractor working on a Verizon tower project fell to his death after his machinery malfunctioned, reported South Tahoe Now. The man, who has not yet been identified, fell headfirst into a 35-foot by six-foot hole.
Several fire and rescue services, including a helicopter, were dispatched to the site in the forest near the South Tahoe Public Utility District.
According to South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jay Manning, rescuers were lowered into the hole to retrieve the unconscious victim. Manning added that the man was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he later died.
Manning’s team conducted an investigation, which they will turn over to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which did not travel to the site due to COVID-19 restrictions. The job site was turned back to the contractor that morning.