There is always a great deal of construction work throughout California. This is beneficial for the economy and provides people with jobs. However, the danger of construction work is inherent. People are around heavy machinery, work at great heights and are placing their trust in others following safety protocol. Accidents happen and there can be injuries and fatalities because of them. When people have been hurt on a construction job, workers’ compensation can be imperative to make ends meet and to get medical treatment. When there is a fatality, the family will want to seek the maximum in survivor benefits. In either case, legal help is beneficial.
A crane collapsed on a construction site injuring one worker and killing another. The accident happened in the afternoon at around 1:40 p.m. When it fell, it hit a carpenter, 54, and killed him. When emergency services arrived, the man was declared dead. A second worker, said to be in his 50s, suffered hand injuries in the incident. According to the fire department, the crane was lifting a concrete wall and collapsed. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the case.
There is so much activity and so many moving parts on a construction site that some accidents are inevitable. Unfortunately, many of them result in serious injuries and fatalities. For those whose family members work construction, it can be a shock when they get a call that there was an accident. If they are lucky, the injuries are not severe and they can receive workers’ compensation benefits to provide for lost wages and medical care. If there is a fatality, it might be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
As construction site accidents get investigated, injured workers and their family members should remember that they have rights. A legal filing is often necessary to get the maximum in benefits after a work accident. Calling for advice from a law firm that specializes in accidents and injuries in high risk occupations can be beneficial to the case.