In Florida, construction sites can be dangerous to children for a number of reasons. In Port Charlotte (Charlotte County), Florida, a 14 year old boy died after falling into a muddy trench at the construction site for the Behtanie Seventh Day Adventist Church. Danile Riccardi, Jr. was helping his father at the church construction site. He was trying to get water from a trench to mix concrete. Unfortunately, the process of trying to get the water, he fell into a trench. The trench’s muddy area made it quick sand like in nature and the boy could not get out of the trench on his own. In fact, it took the Fire Rescue department over two hours to dig him out of the hole. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation into this incident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the death. Numerous questions or issues will be addressed by this and any other investigations:
*How was the area near the trench set up?
*How long was the trench in place?
*Who knew about the trench?
*What entity had the responsibility for maintaining the property in the area of the trench?
*What safety measures should have been taken by the landowner?
*What safety measures should have been taken by the construction company?
*What safety measures should have been taken by the general contractor?
You can read about his story that was reported by the Associated Press and Sarasota Sun Tribune Newspaper at Port Charlotte, Florida Teens Dies in Construction Trench at Church.