A construction project turned deadly on Wednesday, January 13, in Hendersonville, NC.
Authorities say construction workers were pouring concrete at the base of a wall in the parking lot at Hajoca Corp. on Spartanburg Highway. Around 9:30 AM, the wall collapsed and emergency responders were called. They assessed the scene and began rescue and recovery efforts after a construction worker said that four coworkers were trapped.
Sadly, one worker was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others were recovered with serious injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
The workers were not employed by Hajoca, but by an independent contractor working on the wall project. Hendersonville Fire Chief James Miller said it appeared that the 10-12 foot wall “basically fell over.” County Attorney Russ Burrell later confirmed that the project had not been issued a permit for the wall, although one is required, in addition to an engineering plan, for construction of that size.
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