Coto De Caza – Worker Blas Serrano-Escudero was killed on Friday at approximately 3pm while working at a construction site in South Orange County, California.
Serrano-Escudero was working at a site in front of 31651 Manzana Way, Trabuco Canyon, when a trench he was in collapsed on him. He was installing a storm water pipe during the afternoon collapse. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Santa Ana resident had recently celebrated his 58th birthday. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Blas Serrano-Escudero, a victim of construction site negligence.
Trenches on construction sites are common and used for a variety of purposes, such as installing utilities, pipes or support columns. Trench collapse accidents are too common and are usually a result of improper shoring and support. Furthermore, a trench may collapse because of soil disturbance by near-by vehicles or trucks. The result is a cave-in or a side-wall collapse. There are also lesser-known “invisible” dangers such as the inhalation of toxic gases or fumes and lack of air.
CAL-OSHA will undertake an investigation which can take several months. Cal-OSHA will typically stop construction site work until it can gather all necessary evidence.