Construction workers in California are cognizant of the risks they take every time they work on a project. Because they are oftentimes using heavy equipment and large tools, and must trust fellow workers, they need to make certain they and their employers use the required safety procedures. There is much that can go wrong. People can be injured and even lose their lives in a fatal construction accident. When there is a worker death during a construction job, it will cause serious implications to the worker’s family.

According to recent reports, a construction worker who was working on a project at Disneyland died when he was hit by a steel plate. A construction crew was in the process of placing pipes in a trench at approximately 3:20 a.m. One pipe hit a crossbeam, leading to the plate falling and hitting the 37-year-old male worker. He was taken to the hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and died at shortly after 4 a.m. An investigation is being conducted by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

There are many benefits to working construction and those who are employed in the industry will talk about its positives. That includes good pay and benefits, as well as the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of labor take shape and be completed. However, that does not eliminate the risk that construction workers face simply by doing the job. Any small mistake or incident can lead to severe injuries and death. For those who are injured, there will be medical expenses, lost income and the possibility of never returning to the same condition. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will need help with many aspects of life, including funeral costs and making ends meet.

For people who work in construction or have a loved one who does, it is important to know what steps to take after a fatal construction accident occurs in high risk occupations.