Two Workers Killed By Falling Granite Slabs In Bernal Heights

11:59 AM: Two workers were killed by granite slabs that fell on them as they worked in a shipping container in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The accident was reported at 10:16 a.m. at 1525 Cortland Ave., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

After the slabs fell on them, they were both extricated from the shipping container. One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and was pronounced dead there, Talmadge said.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has sent inspectors to the accident site, Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Kathleen Hennessy said.

The incident involved workers at Galaxy Granite Inc., Hennessy said.

11:56 AM: One worker was killed and another was critically injured by granite slabs that fell on them as they worked in a shipping container in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The accident was reported at 10:16 a.m. at 1525 Cortland Ave., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

After the slabs fell on them, they were both extricated from the shipping container. One of the workers was pronounced dead while the other was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Talmadge said.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the accident, a Cal/OSHA spokeswoman said.

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  • Harry Mann

    A single piece of granite cut for a countertop weighs a significant amount by itself. If it requires two men to carry one slab then it becomes extremely problematic if a number of slabs, even as few as three, were to slide up against a couple of guys at one time.