There are many dangerous professions. While most people in California think of police officers and firemen, people working in the field of construction also face significant risks due to construction accidents. Unfortunately, one out-of-state family is left grieving after a recent fatal workplace accident.
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.
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.
As California residents may know, roadway construction workers have a difficult job that can present a hazard to both drivers and the workers. According to statistics presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of the deaths occurring at roadway construction sites remains at over 100 each year.
California residents and people across the nation know how important construction workers are to our economy. However, more than 1,200 workers died on public highways per year between 2003 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highways and streets can be very dangerous places to work.
In California, construction, maintenance, agricultural and other workers are exposed to the risk of injury or death from electrical accidents. Construction accidents pose the greatest risk of electrical fatalities. Suchworkers comprise 38 percent of fatalities from electrical accidents. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been significant improvement in electrical safety over the past 20 years.
A construction worker was seriously injured in an accident on the evening of Nov. 13 at a work site along state Highway 4 in Antioch. The worker suffered a severe leg injury during the accident, which ultimately required amputation of the limb.
All California employers are required by law to provide a nonhazardous environment for their employees, yet accidents still occur. This is especially true in the construction industry, where injuries may be caused by dangerous site conditions, heavy equipment, construction tools or repetitive motion required by the work. Those who have been injured while working construction may not even know who is responsible, which can make pursuit of workers' compensation benefits more difficult.
California law mandates that all employers provide a safe work environment that is free from unreasonable hazards. These laws also apply to construction companies. When an employee is injured at a California job site, Dixon & Daley, LLP, is available to assist with filing a workers' compensation claim. Dixon & Daley, LLP, focuses its practice on the Southern California area.
The California Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued 14 citations to a construction firm that was recently found criminally liable for the death of one of the company's employees. The employee, a 39-year-old Hayward man, was killed in an accident at a home construction site in Milpitas on Jan. 28, 2012. Cal/OSHA is also seeking more than $168,000 in fines from the Fremont-based firm following the fatal accident.