Construction sites in California can be dangerous places. As a result, there are a variety of different safety standards that must be met to help preserve the safety of employees. Unfortunately, safety standards are not always able to protect employees, sometimes leading to construction accidents with serious, even deadly, consequences. For example, one out-of-state man was killed in a recent accident.
The accident happened in mid-May. Reports indicate that a 25-year-old male was working on a building's facade. At the time of the accident, the man was on scaffolding, and it is believed that he fell after losing his footing.
He reportedly fell approximately 15 feet before landing on his head. When first responders arrived, he was apparently unresponsive. He was transported to a hospital for treatment but died from the injuries he suffered in the fall.
Unfortunately, this man's fall at a construction site is not an isolated incident. Some reports indicate that the most prevalent cause of death in construction accidents are from a fall such as this, leaving many people in California and across the country suffering from both their injuries as well as the financial consequence related to the need for medical attention or lost wages due to missed work. However, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage -- benefits that typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality -- for their employees in the event of a workplace accident causing injury. An attorney with experience regarding these issues can help an injured employee, or the surviving family member of a deceased worker, pursue a claim for appropriate compensation.
Source: equipmentworld.com, "Worker dies after fall from scaffolding in New York City", Wayne Grayson, May 15, 2015