Two Construction Workers Injured In Separate Accidents At SF Housing Development Site

Two workers were injured in separate accidents at the same under-construction housing development in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood this morning, according to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The site where both accidents happened—involving a falling wall and an excavator—comprises about 1,000 under-construction condominiums in the area of Innes Avenue and Donahue Street, Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said.

The second accident happened at 9:45 a.m. when a subcontractor working with South San Francisco-based Granite Excavation and Demolition was hit by the shovel of a front-end loader, Melton said.

The company has been doing excavation and soil preparation on the site. One employee was swinging the shovel of the loader around and noticed another employee standing in the path. He tried to stop moving the shovel but couldn’t in time and struck the other employee, Melton said.

The injured employee was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and Melton did not know the extent of his injuries.

Less than an hour before, at about 9 a.m., another employee had been injured at the same site when a wall he was helping put up fell on him.

The employee was working with a framing contractor putting up prefabricated walls. The wall was put up against another wall before it fell on the worker. Melton said it was unclear how the wall came down but investigators know it was struck by something.

San Francisco Fire Department officials said the worker was able to crawl out from under the wall after the incident.

That worker was taken to a hospital for abrasions and a head injury but is expected to recover, Melton said.

Both incidents are under investigation by Cal/OSHA.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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