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Collapse of rebar in construction accident injures three workers

Construction is rampant across Northern California. This includes commercial properties, personal residences, apartment buildings and maintenance for roads and public transport systems. While this is beneficial to people and the economy, any construction project will carry with it a certain level of risk to those performing the work. Large vehicles, heavy equipment, tools, and putting the trust in other workers and the company to ensure safety can be dangerous. When there is an accident, it can lead to serious injuries and death. For those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, can be beneficial to have legal assistance for a lawsuit to receive compensation.

A reinforcing bar - also referred to as a rebar - fell and caused injuries to three construction workers. The accident occurred at shortly before 9 a.m. The workers had been strapped to the rebar tower when it fell. It fell on top of them. Other workers lifted it off them. One worker had a leg injury, a second was moderately injured, and the third was critically injured. The rebar is believed to have collapsed because it was made overweight by the three workers attached to it. The project is for a multi-faceted development with residences and retail properties. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the accident.

There are so many risks for construction workers that it is no surprise when there are serious injuries. Regardless of the type of accident it is, the injuries can be so significant that it can cause long-term problems to the workers. Medical expenses, lost time on the job and the need for extensive treatment are often the result. This is troublingly common in the construction industry. After a construction accident, the investigation into the accident is crucial.

In this construction accident, three workers were hurt when a rebar they were tethered to fell on top of them. Given its weight was approximately half-a-ton, it is fortunate that no one died. However, they were injured. As they recover and the case is investigated by government agencies, those who are injured in similar accidents should make sure they are protected by discussing a possible case with a law firm experienced in helping those who were hurt while working at high risk occupations.

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