Construction accidents: Body recovered days after rig's collapse

It is always traumatic for any family to lose a loved one in a workplace accident. Construction accidents are often fatal, and the circumstances of one such accident in Arizona likely caused the surviving family members even more trauma.A 52-year-old construction worker lost his life, but it took several days to recover his body.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, the incident occurred on a recent Monday at Sky Harbor International Airport. A drilling rig was used to prepare the holes that would house the concrete columns to support the track for the Sky Train between the rental car area and Terminal 3. For reasons not yet determined, the hole collapsed, causing the drill rig to topple over. The operator of the rig fell into hole along with masses of soil.

Reportedly, removing the dirt to get to the worker's body could not commence until two massive cranes lifted the rig on the day following the collapse. Searching the unstable area was extremely hazardous, and 50 tons of dirt was removed from the hole with the help of a vacuum truck. It was Thursday evening when the body of the deceased worker was recovered from the 30-foot deep hole.

When such tragic construction accidents claim workers' lives, the surviving family members typically have to cope with the unanticipated financial challenges during a time when they also have to deal with their grief. Financial assistance is available through the Arizona workers' compensation program. Families may utilize the services of experienced attorneys to navigate the process of claiming death benefits.

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