While most everyone in California recognizes the importance of construction workers, many do not fully realize the risks that these workers face when they complete their job-related tasks. Even those who follow all safety and health regulations can face harm due to unexpected occurrences. In fact, a worker was recently killed and three others injured in a construction accident in another state.
The incident happened on a day in mid-July. According to reports, workers were attempting to repair the facade of an 11-story residential building. Two of the workers were said to be near the top of the building when a piece of the parapet broke off from the roof. It reportedly caused the scaffolding to collapse, landing on the sidewalk shed that was below.
Reports indicate that a 59-year-old male died in the collapse. Three other workers required medical treatment; two were said to be in critical but stable condition while the third suffered leg injuries described as minor. A partial stop work order was issued following the collapse with only work needed to make necessary repairs allowed. Reports indicate that no pedestrians were injured in the incident.
Unfortunately, a family must now face the emotional and financial consequences associated with their unexpected loss. While they may think that funeral expenses, in combination with lost wages, will quickly become overwhelming, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Likewise, the injured workers may qualify for compensation for their medical expenses. Victims of a construction accident in California — including surviving family members in the event of a fatality — often ask an experienced professional to help them seek fair compensation.