Excavator Operator Pleads Guilty in Fatal Philadelphia Building Collapse Case

July 23, 2015

An excavator operator accused of being under the influence of drugs the day of a fatal building collapse in Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 12 count of reckless endangerment and causing a catastrophe, reports NBC Philadelphia.

Sean Benschop, 44, was also operating the excavator with a cast on his right hand after taking the painkiller Percocet for the injury and using marijuana the day of the June 2013 collapse, authorities said. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison.

Investigators believe the vibration from Benschop’s excavator caused a four-story brick wall to collapse, which killed six people and injured 14. One woman lost both her legs after spending nearly 13 hours in the rubble, according to NBC.

Fatal and tragic accidents like this can be prevented and are the result of not following safety regulations already in place