Autopsy confirms construction accident killed worker

By: Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An autopsy by the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office confirmed Wednesday that the death of a construction worker was caused by injuries he suffered when a trench he and two other men were digging collapsed.

Gilbert Macalma, 40, of Waipahu died Tuesday from trauma to the chest and abdomen he suffered when he was crushed by a falling sheet of dirt while working on Waialae Iki Ridge. Two other men were in the trench at the time of collapse but were not hurt.

The accident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. By 10:30 a.m. Macalma had been taken to the Queen's Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Coworkers said yesterday they did not think the trench collapse was entirely to blame, speculating that he may have been hit by a falling rock or suffered a heart attack following the incident.

The medical examiner's office has ruled Macalma's death an accident.

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