A trench collapsed last week while workers were installing a sewage line at a Portland, Oregon home, burying a 27-year-old man, Portland firefighters said. The man died as a result of the collapse, according to OR-OSHA. The man had been working at the bottom of a trench that was 11 feet deep, 3 feet wide and 70 feet long. The worker had been outside the protection of the shoring system when the trench caved in. (Oregonian and Cal-OSHA Newsdesk.)
News sources report that a federal contractor responsible for overseeing nuclear facilities is under investigation following several serious accidents. One incident involved the fatality of construction worker who died after a 1,200-foot pylon fell on him. An investigation into the incident revealed that the company violated safety training regulations and procedures for pile driving operations, and as such was received 2 citations for "serious" violations.
The Sacramento Bee reports that a Southern California Edison contractor has died in a construction accident. According to reports, the man was working at a construction site in West Hollywood when he was crushed between a construction crane and a trailer. He had been employed by Edison to perform electrical work in connection with the building of a large hotel and residential complex on the Sunset Strip. California OSHA is conducting an investigation of the accident.
This is the second fatal construction accident in Los Angeles in less than a week. Just a few days earlier, a construction worker died on his second day on the job after falling from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center tower.
Incidents such as these - falls from building and "being caught in-between" represent a large percentage of worker injuries and deaths. Other often cited causes of serious personal injuries and deaths at construction sites include workers being struck by objects and electrocutions.
Perhaps not surprisingly, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the top three federal safety violations at construction sites include failing to adequately protect workers from falls, poor communication with workers about hazards, and safety lapses on scaffolding.
Where a general contractor/owner of a site creates an unreasonably hazardous condition at a work site, and a worker is injured, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced California construction accident attorney who can advise you concerning your rights. While in most situations, it may be possible to obtain California workers compensation benefits, you may also be able to bring a lawsuit for civil damages. By filing a civil lawsuit, you may be able to recover greater compensation than is provided for by workers compensation laws. Important deadlines must be complied with or compensation may be denied. A skilled personal injury lawyer can explore your options and help you determine the best options for recovery in your circumstance.
For more information, please contact the dedicated Oakland construction accident lawyers at Butler Viadro, LLP for an immediate consultation.
California news reports that a wall at a construction site on North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood has toppled over, leaving two workers with serious personal injuries. Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, and the men were taken by ambulance for treatment. According to reports, the wall weighed approximately 1000 pounds and was made of wood. Co-workers assisted firefighters in lifting the wall off the men. This incident remains under investigation.
In the last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported 3 three fatal construction accidents. One accident involved a crane operator who was killed while working at a highway construction site. In a separate incident, two men lost their lives when a strap holding a 10,000-pound generator attached to a crane broke, and dropped the generator on the workers below. In a third, a construction worker was seriously injured when he was thrown from the bulldozer he was operating and hit by the machine.
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.