Construction worker, 22, dies after wall falls on him

August 29, 2006|By Nick Shields | Nick Shields,sun reporter

A construction worker died yesterday after a concrete wall collapsed on him in Pikesville, authorities said.

Two construction workers were preparing to remove the wall just before noon yesterday when it fell on the man, county fire officials said. The wall, in a home under renovation in the 3500 block of Old Court Road, weighed more than 1,500 pounds, fire officials said.

One construction worker got out of the way of the falling wall, which pinned the other man from his chest down, fire officials said.

The victim was identified as Sean Hayes, 22, of the 500 block of Timber View Drive in Elkridge.

About 40 firefighters from Baltimore and Baltimore County worked for 20 minutes to free Hayes, fire officials said. The man was freed by a high-pressure air bag that was placed under the wall to lift it, said Stephen G. Lancaster, a Baltimore County battalion chief.

Hayes was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died, county police said.

He was an employee of East Coast Concrete Cutting Co. in Jessup, authorities said.

Attempts to obtain comment from company officials were not successful.

An investigator from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health was at the site yesterday.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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