Workplace safety should be every company's first priority

As any California construction worker can attest, the construction industry is fraught with dangers that can cause serious or fatal injury. That is why every company in this industry should make workplace safety its first priority, and most of them do. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) sets minimum safety standards for companies to follow that are designed to minimize the risk of injury to workers. Even so, accidents can still occur, and some of them are fatal.

For instance, emergency responders were recently called to a construction site at about 7:50 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a construction worker had fallen approximately seven stories. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old California man suffered severe injuries to which he succumbed at the scene.

In accordance with procedure, Cal/OSHA was notified of the man's death and will conduct an investigation to determine how the accident occurred and whether any safety standards were violated. The construction company is reportedly participating in the inquiry with the agency in order to determine what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep similar accident from happening in the future. In the meantime, the workers' family is undoubtedly attempting to come to terms with his death.

Even knowing whether any workplace safety regulations were violated will not necessarily make this family's emotional and financial losses disappear. Even though no one can alleviate their grief, something could be done about their financial losses. The man's family might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to help with his burial and the loss of his income. Since the workers' compensation system can be frustrating and challenging to navigate, it might be beneficial to speak with an attorney who can advocate on their behalf as they cope with the loss of their loved one.

Source:, "Sunnyvale construction worker killed in fall down several stories", Nov. 16, 2016

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