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Worker Killed On Murrieta Construction Project

The construction area was cordoned off and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were called to the scene.

A man working on the Guava Street flood control construction project was killed Monday morning, a fire chief is reporting.

According to Chief Matt Shobert of the Murrieta Fire Department, his crews were dispatched to the construction site at approximately 6:30 a.m. and found that an industrial-sized forklift had “tilted over and trapped a worker."

The forlikft operator's injuries were fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“[First responders] attempted some rescue efforts but it was quickly realized that the injuries had killed the approximately 30-year-old male,” Shobert continued.

The man’s identity has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

The construction area was cordoned off and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were called to the scene, Shobert said.

According to Rumzi AlAbbasi, a partner of Riverside-based AlAbbasi Construction and Engineering -- the company which was awarded a nearly $4-million contract Dec. 4, 2012 by the City of Murrieta to perform the long-planned job of installing an 1,100-foot-long box-shaped culvert under the Guava Street/Adams Avenue intersection -- the worker killed today was an employee of Perris-based Intergrity Rebar Placers. 

Patch contacted Integrity Rebar Placers, but the company declined an immediate statement. According to AlAbbasi, Integrity Rebar Placers was hired as a subcontractor on the project.

The flood control project — approved as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan — follows the installation of large drainage lines to carry flood waters underground from Madison Avenue west to Jefferson Avenue. The pipelines will convey the waters into the culvert.

Work on the Guava project started Jan. 22, and is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Brenda May 13, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Very Sad accident. I thought those have seat belts or a cage of sorts?
Patrick May 13, 2013 at 07:27 PM
This man, Antonio, was my friend. He was a good man, a family man, and a hell of a worker. God rest his soul.
Justino jr May 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
This man was a great rebar Forman.. Real cool guy on the jobsite!! Prayers go out to his family!!
heather May 13, 2013 at 09:53 PM
So sad for his friends and family. Sorry for your loss Patrick.
Anne May 13, 2013 at 09:59 PM
So sad - I drive by there frequently and when I drove by this afternoon I wondered why they were not working. Such a tragedy. Prayers to the family.
V.W.D.S. May 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM
I was driving by there earlier in the day. Saw a worker on the side of the road, near a drainage ditch. There was an excavated hole to the right of him, he was nestled in that wooded area and as an observer, I remember seeing the look on his face like he did not trust what he was doing, and as I looked, I could see he was on completely uneven ground with no spotter nearby and the steep ditch to his left. This did not look good to me, but as I was just passing, it was a passing thought. God Bless him for trying to do his job, but if this was him, he was not happy about what he had to do there and it did not work out in his favor. Very sad.
sonia May 14, 2013 at 02:51 AM
This man was my first cousin, a true family man, like a brother to me. His loss is great and painful, he leaves five children behind. His youngest only months old. A huge tragedy to our family...
Bob marten May 14, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I've been doing industrial construction for 20 plus years no one should lose there father,son,or brother saftey coordinator,superintendent,general contractor,and anyone else that's suppose to enforce saftey should be held accountable........period!!!!!!
Ken Mayes May 14, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Does not the City of Murrieta have a construction noise ordinance that forbids construction noises between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.. If so then this accident should never have happened if the city enforced its rules.
Woodman May 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
That's the stupidest comment i've ever read. Like 12 minutes later it wouldn't have happened? Cmon!
Woodman May 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
That's the stupidest comment i've ever read. Like 12 minutes later it wouldn't have happened? Cmon!
SA May 14, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Yes sad, however great Darwin Awards he should have properly secured himself.
Sergio Corona May 14, 2013 at 05:00 PM
He was properly secured! he made the attempt to jump out as it was tilting over. My godfather took his job very serious!. He is my godfather and I lost him because of this. my dad and uncles lost there brother, and my cousins and godmother now have no father and husband. Please if anyone has any images of the work cite or would like to provide any kind of support contact me at sergio.corona1992@yahoo.com... my mom has told me that he will have a funeral this Saturday and he will be buried on Tuesday of next week. Thank you for your prayers.
Scott Thomas (AKA - Scott Thomas) May 14, 2013 at 05:33 PM
You are an idiot, have you ever operated heavy equipment?
Scott Thomas (AKA - Scott Thomas) May 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Seriously Ken, are you that ignorant? Or are you just trying to push everyone's buttons?
Scott Thomas (AKA - Scott Thomas) May 14, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I have worked in Construction early in life and have had very close friends lose their lives as well as limbs due to freakish accidents, no matter how careful everyone is there is always that one time when the combination of things come together that was not planned for. I pray peace and blessing over the family, relatives, friends, co-workers and anyone else grieving this loss!
JenX May 14, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.
SA May 14, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Yes I have … Drove many loads up, down, backwards and forwards on a naval ship preparing for deployments (at times only being guided by two-way radio). Not to mention a LCAC … And yes, I properly used the safety equipment provided including but not limited to “safety restraints”… So I just may not be such an idiot …
Ken Mayes May 14, 2013 at 09:24 PM
For both Woodman and Scott who apparently don't like to follow the rules. Had this person waited 15 minutes (per Coroner's Office accident occurred at 6:45) he would have been (1.) in compliance with city noise ordinance resulting in more workers being on site (2.) resulting more than likely in a spotter being present which intelligent management practices recommend. Cal Osha also has a forklift spotter certificate for this very reason. One of the leading causes of forklift accidents is the employer's failure to develop and implement safe operating procedures or the failure to enforce safety rules.
Willie wells May 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Ken you make me sick. Local 416 loves you tony.
Scott Thomas (AKA - Scott Thomas) May 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM
OK Ken, you are an idiot... keep believing that all rules are made in the interest of safety for all situations. How do you know that he wasn't jumping to avoid another hazard below? Were you there?
Patrick May 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM
As I posted previously, Antonio was a good man, a family man, and a hell of a worker. Let's respect the man and his family, otherwise just keep your personal defects to yourself.
Ken Mayes May 15, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Some of you'all are pretty pissed at me, so be. This death occurred because of a preventable incident and not an accident. An "accident" implies that nothing could have been done to prevent the "incident" from occurring. Had a few simple rules been followed this man would not have died and would be with his family today.
Gabe 2375 May 15, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Ken your so perfect. Accidents happen , we're only human. In the heat of the moment who knows what you would've done. Have you ever made a bad judgement call?? Keep your ignorance to yourself. My prayers go out to the family & frenz who lost this hardworking man. Myself & my co. Flatiron Construction know what it's like to be out there on the field. I'm a carpenterforeman who works with these iron workers . It takes a certain kind of man to do what we do. Please respect that.
Woodman May 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Gabe - Well said! Ken - shut up!

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