Man killed by wall collapse at El Cajon construction site identified

EL CAJON (KUSI) — Authorities released the name Tuesday of a 51-year-old construction worker killed in a structural collapse at an East County job site.

Fernando Martinez was taking a lunch break in a trench at the site of a planned car dealership at Wagner Road and North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday when a concrete-block wall at the edge of an adjacent residential yard fell on him, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

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The Escondido resident died at the scene of the accident. It took emergency crews more than an hour to cut through enough of the roughly 6- by 20-foot wall to get to his body, Heartland Fire & Rescue spokesman Sonny Saghera said.

One of the victim’s co-workers suffered minor injuries in the collapse, Saghera said.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, was called in to investigate the fatality, as is standard in cases of serious workplace accidents.

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