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Worker crushed to death by airport construction material

A 29-year-old construction worker, whom police have yet to identify to the public, was crushed by falling rebar at a rental car center construction site located within walking distance of the San Diego International Airport on May 20, NBC San Diego reported.

The new structure is located at the intersection of Pacific Highway at West Washington Street. An investigation conducted by coroners at the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that the construction worker was climbing the rebar, steel rods with ridges used to reinforce concrete, with the intention of pouring concrete forms. Witnesses said that at around 8:45 a.m., the man was shouting that the rebar was falling, and soon after he fell victim to the weight of the collapsing material. Although co-workers ran to detach him from his safety harness, the man died at the scene.

The construction is for a $223 million rental car center, a project of the Austin/Sundt Joint Venture.

The attorneys at Ritter & Associates send their deepest condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.

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