People in California who come across a construction site could have a variety of different reactions. Some people may be excited about signs of progress and change while others may worry about the environment and the inconvenience some construction projects can create. Few people, however, think of the construction workers who could face potentially fatal risks as they work on these projects. Unfortunately, being a victim of a construction accident is a possibility that these workers face.
In fact, a recent accident at the University of California, San Diego, construction site injured several people. According to reports, the incident happened on a day in late July at a site where several multi-story buildings were under construction. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a 35-foot rebar wall collapsed, injuring five workers.
A representative for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health shows that two people suffered injuries considered serious. One of those victims ultimately passed away. The incident remains under investigation.
While most employers in California and across the country go to great lengths to protect their workers, the risk of a construction accident such as this cannot be completely eliminated. As such, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits in the event a worker is injured. While these benefits help with lost wages and medical bills for injured workers, they can also cover funeral costs in the event of a fatality. Because the compensation process can seem overly complex, there are experienced professionals who can help seek a fair settlement.