Construction Worker Killed on Georgetown Campus

By Peter DePaolis

Last month, a 36-year-old female construction worker suffered fatal injuries while working underneath the Leavey Center on the Georgetown Campus. The victim apparently trapped herself in an elevated area between the scaffolding and railing while operating a forklift-like device. The woman’s co-workers dislodged her and began administering first aid and CPR. The DC Fire and EMS teams arrived on the construction accident scene and continued efforts to revive the victim.

Rescue workers rushed the woman to The George Washington University Hospital. Doctors pronounced her dead shortly after arrival. The victim was a contract worker for a local construction company and her injuries were consistent with what co-workers described happened.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are working together to investigate the accident. It is unclear if the accident was work related or caused by some kind of medical emergency. An OSHA spokesperson said the investigation could take up to six months to complete. In the meantime, OSHA cannot comment on an open investigation.

Officials shutdown the jobsite for the day out of respect for the victim and her co-workers.

Construction sites are extremely dangerous work environments. The heavy and un-safe equipment presents significant dangers to workers. Contact an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer if you suffer injuries in a construction accident. Paulette Chapman is a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis and she can answer your questions about financial recovery for your injuries.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.