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Company tardy in fatal accident reporting

*published Sept. 18. 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A local construction company did not follow proper protocol after a Tuesday accident that left one man dead and another one with serious injuries.

Priola Construction is the company managing the construction of a Whitney Bank on the corner of Country Club and Nelson roads, where laborer Jose Morales, 32, and another man were crushed by a 14-foot frame wall.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, a company official must report preliminary information to the federal agency within eight hours of any accident — regardless of severity.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the Louisiana OSHA office, based in Baton Rouge, had no record of an accident in Lake Charles on Sept. 15.

The agent on duty in Baton Rouge said he would contact officials with Priola before releasing any other information.

In many construction projects, one company may be contracted with the entire project and subcontract out with other companies for dirt, concrete and workers.

Priola Construction did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

On the day of the accident, witnesses said they saw other workers run away from the scene when off-duty police officers were called over for help.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office chief investigator Zeb Johnson said he was not able to determine whether or not Morales was a legal immigrant and that any investigation of that type would be left up to federal immigration officials.

Federal officials would only comment on general protocol for work-site enforcement, which usually entails first subpoenaing and inspecting I-9 employment records for an audit.

In the Tuesday accident, which was reported at about 3:25 p.m., about eight workers were trying to lift a 65-footlong frame wall in place when wind caused the wall to shift and fall.

Morales and another worker were trapped underneath. The two men were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital with what Johnson described as crushing injuries. Morales was pronounced dead upon arrival at the emergency room at 4:41 p.m.

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September 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Man killed in construction accident ID’d

*published Sept. 17, 2009

The Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a construction worker who died Tuesday after a frame wall fell on him.

Jose Morales, 32, and another man were rushed to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital a little after 3 p.m. Chief investigator Zeb Johnson said it appeared that winds shifted the wall and caused it to fall.

Morales was pronounced dead on arrival at the emergency room. The other man is reportedly in serious condition and may be transferred to a hospital in Shreveport.

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September 17, 2009 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

Construction worker killed when wall falls

*published Sept. 16, 2009

Calcasieu Parish Corner’s Office Deputy Coroner Zeb Johnson and investigator Charlie Hunter look over the scene where a man was killed when a frame wall fell, striking him in the head. He was transported from the construction site at the corner of Nelson and Country Club roads to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  BY BRAD PUCKETT

Calcasieu Parish Corner’s Office Deputy Coroner Zeb Johnson and investigator Charlie Hunter look over the scene where a man was killed when a frame wall fell, striking him in the head. He was transported from the construction site at the corner of Nelson and Country Club roads to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. BY BRAD PUCKETT

A construction worker died and one suffered serious injuries Tuesday afternoon after a frame wall fell on them, according to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.

The men’s names were not available late Tuesday.

The initial coroner investigator’s report revealed that at around 3:25 p.m., the 14-foot wall was being lifted into place on a construction site at the corner of Nelson and Country Club roads, said Coroner’s Office chief investigator Zeb Johnson.

The site is the future home of a Whitney Bank.

“Initially, it appears wind caused the wall to shift and fall on the men, causing crushing injuries,” Johnson said.

Two off-duty Lake Charles police near the intersection were called for assistance, said Sgt. Mark Kraus. He said the officers called paramedics and notified on-duty officers.

Shortly after, Acadian Ambulance transported the man with fatal injuries to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He was listed as suffering from severe head trauma, according to dispatch personnel.

Johnson said the man was pronounced dead on arrival in the emergency room at 4:41 p.m.

The second worker is still in the hospital and may be transferred to another later.

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September 16, 2009 at 12:23 am Leave a comment