Most workers in California and across the country have concerns about their safety in the workplace. As a result, most go to great lengths to ensure their personal safety as well as the safety of their co-workers. Unfortunately, a workplace accident can still occur despite these measures. In fact, a construction accident at an airport in another state recently sent a man to the hospital.
Reports indicate that the accident happened in the morning of a day in late January. It is said to have occurred at a construction site at an international airport. The 50-year-old male victim was reportedly an employee of Big D and Holder Construction, a company contracted to complete work at the airport.
The man reportedly fell approximately 40 feet down an elevator shaft; officials are still conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident. Though the extent of the man's injuries are unclear, reports claim that he has since undergone surgery. A representative for the airport claims that measures have been taken to ensure that the job site is safe for employees.
While extra safety precautions may be put in place, the risk of a construction accident cannot be completely eliminated. Because the financial ramifications of an industrial accident can be as devastating as the physical consequences, employers in California and across the country are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. These benefits can help with medical expenses and lost wages. If the victim is unable to return to work in the same capacity, the worker could be eligible for additional benefits, such as the costs of job retraining. An attorney with experience which the compensation process can help these victims fully understand their options and seek a fair settlement.