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September 2015 Archives

Construction Site Owner And Foreman Plead Not Guilty To Manslaughter Charges In Worker's Death

Two men have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges stemming from a 2012 San Francisco construction accident death.  The construction worker died after falling from a scaffold at a resident under construction in San Francisco's Forest Hill Extension neighborhood.   The worker, a carpenter for the construction company, had been employed with them for more than 20 years when he fell off the scaffolding, landing 18 feet below on a concrete floor. Construction sites are inherently dangerous and, as a result, adhering to the necessary safety precautions is critical to protecting all those on the site - including workers, contractors and other third parties.

Lesson to be learned: Speak to a Lawyer Before You Do Anything on a Possible Case

I was contacted today by a woman who was inquiring about filing a medical malpractice action against her former knee surgeon. In late 2012, her surgeon made a mistake during a total knee replacement procedure. He acknowledged doing so, and the woman has been left with chronic problems ever since.

Videotape Shows Explosion at San Jose Construction Site

ABC 7 News reveals that a cellphone user took a dramatic video of a construction site accident in San Jose, California, and that this video was sent anonymously to Santa Clara county officials in an effort to expose work site dangers. The video shows an explosion occurring at San Jose's Santa Clara Valley Medical Center that injured a worker. The explosion occurred a little over a year ago when the general contractor and a subcontractor were adding a new section of steam pipe to provide heating to one of the new hospital buildings. A worker for the subcontractor was climbing out of an underground vault as the steam pipe exploded. Fortunately, co-workers were able to rapidly pull the worker out of the vault, saving him from suffering serious injuries and burns.

Construction Site Owners Sentenced To Prison Following Fatal Accident

According to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News, two California construction executives have been sentenced to prison for their role in causing the death of a day laborer who was buried alive when a concrete retaining wall collapse on top of him.  The incident occurred just three dates after a city inspector had issued a "stop work" notice due to heavy rains a lack of shoring on the 12-foot-high excavation.  The owners did not inform workers of the notice and continued operations at the site.

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