Construction accidents: California worker killed in fall

Tourists from all over the world often travel to view buildings that are feats of engineering and architecture. While marveling over these accomplishments, many are unaware of the costs of building them. These costs are not simply the money that goes into building materials and labor but, in many instances, include lives lost as a result of construction accidents. Unfortunately, an electrician was recently killed in such an accident during the construction of a California building.

Once completed, the building is set to be the largest on the West Coast. Construction was halted after an electrician fell to his death. The man is believed that have fallen from the 53rd floor and struck the rear of a vehicle on the ground. He died at the scene.

All workers were reportedly supposed to wear harnesses that were tethered to prevent such an accident. Additionally, there are barricades in place to keep workers from the edge. A representative for the company managing the project, Martin Project Management, says he is unaware of any project that would require a worker to remove their harness. The accident is currently under investigation by several different organizations.

Unfortunately, workers are often at risk of being involved in construction accidents, placing their physical health and financial security at risk. Many victims face significant medical bills and lost wages as a result. As a result, California requires workers to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits in the event of an accident. If an accident is fatal, these benefits typically extend to certain family members and also cover funeral expenses. In order to ensure adequate compensation, many people seek the guidance of an experienced professional who can negotiate on their behalf.

Source: abc7.com, “CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIES AFTER FALLING FROM WILSHIRE GRAND TOWER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES“, Miriam Hernandez, March 17, 2016

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