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Retaining wall collapse traps worker at home of Julio Jones

A man was buried face down under dirt and concrete when a retaining wall collapsed at a construction project at a Gwinnet County, Georgia home owned by Atlanta Falcon Julio Jones Monday.

Authorities say that the construction worker was in a ditch at the project when the wall caved in around noon. The worker was pinned against a concrete wall as the debris collapsed around him.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the man covered over most of his lower body. The worker remained conscious during rescue efforts—a Gwinnet County fire captain told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that firefighters were able to talk with the worker through a roughly 2-foot hole in the debris.

Emergency responders took roughly an hour to free the man from the trench collapse accident. Firefighters were aware of the potential for further collapse during the rescue operation, and worked to control the stability of the accident site while freeing the man from the ditch.

It is not clear what, if any, injuries the construction worker sustained in the work accident. Firefighters were concerned about the potential for internal injuries—the weight of the concrete and other debris posed such risks to the worker, even during the rescue operation. The man was transported to an area hospital for medical attention after being freed from the ditch shortly after 1:00 Monday afternoon. It is not clear what led to the collapse of the retaining wall at the construction site.

Unstable ground at any construction site can lead to the risk of injury for construction workers. Generally, a person injured in a work-related accident is entitled to benefits under Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, an important area of law intended to provide accident victims with compensation to cover expenses and losses related to a work injury.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Worker rescued at home of Falcons’ Julio Jones," Alexis Stevens, May 21, 2013

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