(Updated: 6 p.m.) Police, OSHA Investigating After Construction Accident Seriously Injures Worker

A construction worker is being treated for serious injuries at Hartford Hospital after officials said a retaining wall collapsed on him, leaving him in shock.

The scene at Class Act Auto Wash on Research Parkway. (Credit: Michael Hayes)
The scene at Class Act Auto Wash on Research Parkway. (Credit: Michael Hayes)
Updated: 6 p.m.
Meriden detectives and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of a construction accident that left a worker seriously injured after a retaining wall collapsed at the site of the new Class Act Car Wash on Wednesday.

The worker, who is in serious condition at Hartford Hospital, was in between the retaining wall and a dump truck digging along the wall to install new curbing when the wall collapsed, pinning him against the truck, according to a press release from the Meriden Police Department.

"On arrival emergency crews found one male construction worker pinned against a dump truck by a retaining wall that had collapsed," Lt. Sal Nesci said. "The male worker was extricated and taken to Mid-state Medical Center and later flown to Hartford Hospital by Lifestar Medical Helicopter."

The name of the worker has not been released.

Nesci said the site of the new car wash has been under construction for a number of months and was nearing completion.

"This case is being investigated by OSHA with the assistance of the Meriden Police Department Detective Division," he said.

Further details were not released on Wednesday.

Updated: 3:53 p.m.

The man was able to escape from underneath the retaining wall, however he went into cardiac arrest shortly after, officials confirmed. There was no entrapment when fire officials arrived.

Original Story

A construction worker is in route to MidState Medical Center with potentially life threatening injuries after a retaining wall collapsed Wednesday afternoon as he was working along Research Parkway.

Police and fire officials said a retaining wall collapsed onto the man while he was working Class Act Auto Wash, pinning him underneath. A Lifestar emergency helicopter was called to assist but was rerouted, however, after the man went into shock.

Fire officials said the man will be taken to MidState in an effort to provide quicker care.

The name of the man and further details of the incident were not immediately available. Meriden Patch will provide more details as they become available.

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