Mountain Express: Fatal Sun Valley Construction Accident Was Wake-Up Call


A tragic accident at a Sun Valley construction site in early November is a wake-up call, according to an Idaho building safety official. This morning's Idaho Mountain Express is reporting that a formal investigation is still under way, in an attempt to piece together details of what exactly happened on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 7. 

Initial reports from the scene were that a gust of wind knocked some drywall down onto a framing crew at the under-construction Diamond Back Townhomes site. Less than two hours later, Ricardo Ayala-Martinez was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Another worker, Santiago Gomez, was flown to Boise's Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with serious pelvic injuries. Three other workers were less seriously injured. The Mountain Express reports that one month after the accident, Gomez is able to move with the help of crutches.

"I'm sure there are a lot of construction crews re-evaluating their safety practices," wrote Ron Whitney, deputy administrator for the Idaho Division of Building Safety, according to the Mountain Express. "It's just too bad it takes a death to really wake everybody up."

Meanwhile the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues its probe, which could take as long as five months more to wrap up.