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Worker Crushed by Concrete Slab at Oceanside Construction Site

Work was suspended at the site until Thursday while OSHA investigates.

A man crushed to death while working at a construction site in Oceanside Tuesday has now been identified.

Firefighters were called to Old Grove Road and Avenido del Oro just after 9 a.m. for the report of someone needing rescue.  

A slab of concrete crushed a construction worker, according to Oceanside Police. That worker was identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office as Kenneth Schultz, 56, of Oceanside.

According to the Medical Examiner, Schultz was using a hydraulic handheld machine to compact dirt in a large, empty, manmade pond when a concrete drainage slab fell on him.

Workers moved a crane near the worker and lifted the cube off of him, Lt. Leonard Cosby said.

Oceanside firefighters also tried to revive Schultz, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video from NBC 7 NewsChopper showed a mobile crane was parked near a dirt berm with a man's body approximately 20 feet in front of it. A large piece of concrete was in the dirt between the construction equipment and the body.

Work was suspended at the site until Thursday while OSHA investigates.

One man employed by a different contractor told NBC 7 the death reinforces the need to think of safety on the job.

The site will be a FedEx facility according to one of the workers.

The location is south of State Route 76 and down the street from Kaiser Permanente as well as a local elementary school.

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