A construction project on a highway tunnel in Seattle was the site of an accident that injured four workers on Thursday. The tunnel project is a large construction job on Highway 99 and is expected to be completed in 2017. The project requires the tunnel to be excavated and concrete walls to be built. A wall of rebar was being installed in preparation of a concrete wall and the workers were injured when that wall collapsed. The men fell approximately 25 feet and rescuers had to hike half a mile to reach the workers. Fortunately, the workers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The most serious of the workers injured received broken bones.
The Seattle Tunnel Partners stated that the incident is unfortunate due to the fact that workers had gone without any injuries for over 3 million hours worked. That amount of time is well above average for most job sites, especially construction sites. The Department of Transportation is investigating the accident and Seattle's Mayor wants worker safety improved.
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