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February 2016 Archives

Construction Worker Dies at Modesto Worksite

California news reports that a construction worker has died at a Modesto worksite. Initial findings indicate that the man was struck on the head by a falling beam or similar object; however, the investigation is ongoing. The worker was employed by a subcontractor to help with the construction of a manufacturing or distribution center structure. When construction worker is killed on the job, surviving family members may be able to receive a death benefit and funeral benefits by filing a workers' compensation claim. If the deceased worker had minor children, that benefit can continue until the minor reaches age 18.

Fatal Crane Crash Kills One

NBC News reports that one person has been killed and two others have suffered serious personal injuries when a crane toppled over in New York City.  According to reports, the man was killed while walking to work.  Construction crews had been working to secure the crane, when it collapsed and sent debris falling to the streets.  Investigators are looking into the factors that may have contributed to the collapse including structural defects, weather conditions, and whether the conductor had drugs or alcohol in his system. An observer noted that the presence of cranes has been a sign of economic development; however, this incident should serve as a warning sign of the dangers associated with cranes and construction, and the need to ensure that safety precautions are strictly followed.  

Construction Site Safety

A recent report concerning California's economy reveals that the construction industry continues to grow and rebound after it crashed in 2006.  Beginning in 2013, the construction industry has been experiencing a resurgence, and all signs suggest that this boom will continue for the next several years, both in the commercial and residential arenas.   Industry insiders note "2016 is shaping up as a great year for construction."

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