Beat Michelle, Samuel Walder, Ralph Dungey
On a Thursday morning, just after 10 a.m., a tragic accident occurred at work at a construction site in Fuessesburg. Three workers were buried.
Two men were mortally wounded when the pit collapsed and one person was missing for a long time. Then, Friday morning, the sad certainty: the third worker also died in the collapse, Schwyz cantonal police reported. With the help of dog hunting teams and a total of 90 people on duty, the three victims were rescued from the rubble. The fact that other people were infected can be ruled out with certainty.
Excavator operator Andy Trichler, 35, retrieved the body. “Since I’m in the fire department, I know this situation,” he says calmly. He tries to carry out this work calmly and at a distance and exchange ideas with employees, family and relatives after such an event.
Now the excavator driver continues to support the safety work, because with other experts, the digging hole is now “secured in such a way that nothing else is going on,” Trichler says. This work was still in progress as of Friday noon.
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More materials are in danger of collapse
The collapsed material is a mixture of concrete wall and soil. After the accident, the drilling pit was very unsafe for a long time because it could not be ruled out that more material would slip down. On Thursday afternoon, Michael Marty, a Schwitz canton police officer on call, said rescuers would not be coming to the scene. An excavator removed material on the other side of the hole to relieve the endangered area. “We still have to dig for hours before we can rescue the wounded,” she said Thursday.
Around 6 p.m., the experts finally gave the go-ahead. The hole is secured. The concrete rubble, weighing several tons, was lifted from the pit with a pneumatic crane before the soil was removed. Finally, all the deceased were saved.
Construction Pit Accident in Feusseberg: The first person was successfully cured.(01:19)
The scaffolding has been standing for eight years
The construction site in Fuessberg is famous. A new gas station is supposed to be built here. Next to it is a three-story shell belonging to the same tenant as the construction site with the collapsed retaining wall. Scaffolding has been in place for eight years. There are no windows on the side facing the street, there is rubbish in the rooms. The construction crane has been here for several years.
There were always construction stops, Mayor Martin Webfly assured Blake, who visited community firefighters at the site. The construction site is well known to the municipal administration. But since he is not a member of the construction committee, he does not know the details.
Union Secretary Franco Basciani (58) shakes his head as he inspects the construction site. “It has been ensured that safety regulations are not observed at this construction site. I can see several salient points that need to be examined.”
Unia on the incident in Feusisberg: This is a mysterious construction site.(01:25)