MILPITAS (CBS/AP) – Authorities have recovered the body of a carpenter who was buried alive at a Milpitas construction site when a hillside collapsed.

The Santa Clara County coroner identified the man Tuesday as 39-year-old Raul Zapata of Hayward.

Zapata had been working on the construction of a 5,800-square-foot house on the hillside and was in a 12-foot ditch when it caved in Saturday.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the city had ordered work at the site halted three days before the accident because recent rains and an absence of shoring in the foundation hole had made it unsafe.

California workplace safety regulators are now investigating Fremont-based U.S.-Sino Investment, which apparently did not comply with the order.

Authorities weren’t able to pull Zapata’s body out of the soil until Monday night because of dangerous conditions.

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Comments (4)
  1. geekiegal says:

    There was no mention of an illegal person working at this site. If you are assuming he was illegal due to his name then you are way off track. The job site didn’t comply with the City but that doesn’t mean they didn’t hire trained professional. Also, white collar jobs required proof of education and citizenship to acquire. You can’t have a white collar job without it. If you are referring to hire H1 visa then they are not illegal. They have work permit.

  2. TheEyeintheSky says:

    Silicon Girl,
    You have been told more than once to go back up to the hills and mate with your own brothers, cousins and uncles.

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