Construction workers in California and across the country face many risks. These include the risks from falls or injury as a result of the large pieces of equipment that are used to complete the necessary jobs, as well as many other dangers that could potentially result in serious construction accidents. Unfortunately, officials are now working to investigate a recent event that resulted in a fatality.
The incident occurred one afternoon at March in an area that has recently seen an increase in redevelopment. A male employee of a contractor for Southern California Edison was reportedly crushed between a trailer and a construction crane. Although the man was transported to the hospital, he ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.
The initial release of the man's identity was delayed until officials could notify his family. A representative for the police department claims the incident was a tragic accident. Members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. If an investigation reveals that there were health or safety violations leading up to the fatal accident, the victim's employer could be fined and/or given a citation.
Construction accidents such as this leave California families grieving for the loss of their loved ones. In addition to their emotional loss, many families are left struggling financially as a result of loss of wages and funeral expenses. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to protect workers and their families in the event of a workplace accident. These benefits typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality. Because dealing with an insurance company during a time of grief is the last thing most people want to do, there are experienced professionals who are available to help those who deserve such benefits complete the process and seek fair compensation.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Man crushed to death between crane, trailer in West Hollywood", Matt Hamilton, March 22, 2016