Orange County, California – In a tragic incident on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, a worker lost his life in an accident within a trench at an excavation site in Tustin, according to authorities.
Around 10:30 a.m., firefighting teams swiftly responded to the 9800 block of Newport Avenue after receiving news of the incident.
Authorities revealed that the victim, a man whose name has not yet been disclosed, was approximately 15 feet underground when struck on the head by an object. Unfortunately, he was declared dead at the scene by the Orange County Fire Authority.
Coworkers and family members gathered at the site, visibly affected by the tragedy that unfolded at the excavation site. Authorities are keeping the details and the name of the deceased private.
As of 1:00 p.m., firefighting teams continued to work diligently to stabilize the trench and carry out the delicate task of recovering the victim’s body.
Additionally, hazardous materials teams were dispatched to monitor air quality within the trench, ensuring the safety of rescue teams.
This unfortunate workplace accident in Orange County underscores the importance of maintaining rigorous safety protocols at construction and excavation sites, reminding us all about the fragility of life in hazardous work environments.