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EAST MARIN ISLAND: Shawn Frederick Moore Killed In Construction Accident After Concrete Retaining Wall Collapsed

Dec 13, 2018

Shawn Moore San Rafael: 39-Year-Old Construction Worker Shawn Frederick Moore Died In Accident ON East Marin Island After Rock Retaining Wall Collapsed

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA (December 13, 2018) – A construction worker on East Marin Island identified as Shawn Moore has tragically died in an accident after he was crushed by a retaining wall that collapsed. 

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the construction accident in order to free Shawn Moore. Fire crews were able to locate the victim around 2:45 p.m. and found him trapped beneath the rock wall and rubble. 

Tragically, he died before he was able to be freed. Authorities are saying that Shawn Frederick Moore was employed by Resource Environmental Inc. based out of long beach. 

Cal/OSHA as well as local authorities are investigating what may have caused the collapse.

Liability In Wall Collapses At Construction Sites

Wall collapses are one of the leading causes of injury and death at construction sites. Retaining walls collapse for typically two different reasons. Walls degrade over time and lose their structural integrity. This can be due to weather or other environmental factors. Retaining walls may also collapse due to the deterioration of the soil around the wall. This may occur due to rain and usually takes place where there is a lack of adequate draining around the wall. Adequate draining systems will typically include gravel, drainage pipes and weep holes through the wall itself. 

If a worker is injured or killed in a wall collapse accident in California they or their family will have the ability to file a worker’s compensation claim. A wall collapse can leave a worker with serious injuries including broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. It’s important to document your injuries and let a doctor know that you were hurt on the job. Depending on the specific facts of any case, a worker or their family may have the ability to file a third party negligence claim. 

A third party claim may be possible if a construction worker was injured due to the negligence of a company separate from their employer. Construction sites are usually made up of a blend of workers from separate companies who must accomplish a common goal. If one company poorly designed a retaining wall and that collapses and kills another company’s worker a third party claim may be possible. It’s always a good idea to seek the legal guidance of an experienced wrongful death attorney after a construction site accident. An attorney can help make sure you are taken care of through the workers compensation system and also check for third party negligence. 

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Lawyer

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Shawn Frederick Moore as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help make this work area safer. No family should ever have to fear that their loved one may not come home after work. Those that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators for the sake of all of those that have been involved. 

If you or someone that you love has died or been injured in a construction accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We have the resources to be able to investigate all aspects of your case and let you know what your options are. We leave no stone unturned and always put our clients needs first. In fact, we’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims and will fight hard to get you the justice that you deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Kristina Houck. Construction Worker Killed In Accident On East Marin Island. December 13, 2018. 
  2. Staff Writer. Why Do Retaining Walls Collapse? 2014


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