While many jobs have certain risks associated with them, it is easy to overlook the dangers that construction workers face. Unfortunately, construction accidents pose a real risk to workers in California and across the country. For example, a recent incident at an out-of-state workplace killed one man and left another seriously injured.
Reports indicate that the two victims were employees of Berwald Roofing. They were working on the roof when the accident occurred. One of the workers fell approximately 50 feet into a snow drainage gutter. While the second worker was injured in the same incident, it is unclear if he fell as well.
Both were transported to an area hospital, where the first victim was pronounced dead. A representative for the construction company, Mortenson Construction, says that it is cooperating with an investigation into the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically conducts an investigation into such incidents to determine whether any violations of health and safety standards occurred.
Because of the potential for construction accidents — as well as accidents in all workplaces — California and all other states require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage. As a result, the injured man may be entitled to compensation for his medical expenses and lost wages. These benefits typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality and should provide for funeral expenses in addition to lost wages. Despite qualifying for these benefits, many people find that it is difficult to secure adequate compensation. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help them pursue a fair settlement.
Source: jamestownsun.com, “Stadium worker dies in accident”, Robb Jeffries, Aug. 27, 2015