It's always construction season in California, which means that the men and women who work in this industry are put at risk year-round of being injured in a construction accident. Although state and federal regulators attempt to make workplace safety a top priority, far too often corners are cut at the expense of workers' health and well-being. When a workplace accident occurs, victims can be left with serious injuries, including broken bones, severe lacerations, and head and neck injuries. Yet, the worst workplace accidents are those that are fatal, as they not only take an innocent individual's life, but they also leave their family with excruciating emotional and financial damage.
One California family may be in that situation after losing a loved one in a construction accident. The incident occurred at the future site of a car dealership where a six-foot high concrete wall collapsed on two construction workers. According to reports, a trench was being dug to install a masonry wall next to one that was already in place when the existing wall fell on two workers. One of the men managed to escape the rubble.
The other individual, a 51-year-old man, who was eating lunch at the time, was completely buried in the concrete bricks. The total weight of the wall that fell on the man was estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds. Tragically, hours of rescue attempts were unsuccessful, and the man died. OSHA is currently investigating the work accident.
Sadly, these types of accidents are not uncommon. Workers who are fortunate enough to survive such an accident may have to find a way to pay for medical expenses and lost wages, and family members of those who perish in these incidences have to worry about funeral costs and long-term damages. This is why it may be in these individuals' best interests to seek help from a workers' compensation attorney, as benefits may be available to them.
Source: NBC Bay Area, "1 Dead, 1 Injured After 6-Foot Concrete Wall Collapses at Construction Site," Samantha Tatro, April 4, 2017