Construction plays an important role in the economy of California. It typically indicates growth, expansion and employment. However, many people may not recognize that the construction industry could also pose significant risks for employees. Construction accidents can cause serious injuries, sometimes even death. For example, officials are investigating a recent accident that led to a fatality.
The accident happened one day in late April at a construction site related to a casino. Reports indicate that a 45-year-old victim was an employee of SME Steel Contractors. Officials believe that the man fell two to three stories.
Unfortunately, he died at the scene of the accident. The incident is currently being investigated by the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Typically, the organization has up to six months to complete an investigation and issue a report. It could issue citations if it is determined that the man’s death resulted from health or safety violations.
While such an investigation is meant to protect future workers from being injured in similar construction accidents, its completion will likely provide little solace to the man’s grieving family members. In many cases of a workplace accident, family members must also face the reality of their financial situation, potentially complicated due to funeral expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, they are likely entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits as California law requires employers to provide coverage for their employees. While these benefits extend to dependent family members, it may be necessary to seek the assistance of a professional with experience concerning the compensation process to ensure fair treatment.
Source: ksby.com, “UPDATE: Construction worker killed in fall at Chumash Casino identified”, April 29, 2015