When workers are injured on the job, they are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, injured workers do not have to show that the employer was negligent in any way. However, should an on-the-job injury occur due to the negligence of a third party associated with the job and work site, the worker may be able to file a separate civil claim — but will be required to show negligence. When a worker is killed while working, their loved ones are able to pursue the same legal recourse as permitted by California law.
Recently, a construction worker fell to his premature death while at work. A railroad bridge was being demolished. During the demolition, part of the bridge collapsed when a component buckled. When this happened, the section of the bridge where the worker was located collapsed.
The subcontractor for a company called Hard Rock fell to the highway below. He was transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries a short while later. At this time, it is unclear as to what exactly caused the bridge to buckle and collapse. However, an investigation is ongoing.
California workers’ compensation is known for providing financial and medical assistance to a worker who suffers an on-the-job injury. However, when a workplace accident results in a fatality, the family of the deceased worker may be able to receive death benefits. Although it is true that no amount of money can erase the pain that the family is experiencing after having lost someone close to them, it may help ease the financial burden left behind after a tragic workplace accident similar to this one.
Source: The Pasadena Star-News, “Road worker from Long Beach killed in fall from partial bridge collapse over 91 Freeway in Riverside“, , May 18, 2014