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Construction hazards: clear and present danger

Scanning through the news gives a reader glimpses of tragedies individuals and their families endure, not just here in Coachella Valley, but around the nation. A search through recent news articles revealed the tremendous dangers construction workers face in their everyday lives.

These men and women go to their jobs every morning, knowing that there are hazards present on virtually every worksite. But they also know that their families count on them to help provide an income that keeps food on the table and a roof over their heads.


As we scanned through the recent news articles, we read of a Kansas construction worker killed when working from a bucket attached to a forklift; when the forklift tilted, he fell approximately 15 feet. He was pronounced dead just 40 minutes later.

We also read of construction worker killed in an on-the-job accident at a Sarasota mall; a Fort Bliss, Texas, man who recently died while helping build a new hospital; and a 58-year-old Wisconsin worker who was killed when masonry collapsed on him at a jobsite.

Fortunately, most construction accidents don't end as terribly as these did, but unfortunately, many worksite accidents do involve serious injuries to workers' backs, necks, heads, spines and limbs. The injuries can require surgeries in many cases, and extended periods away from their jobs.

When deserved workers' compensation benefits are denied in those cases, speak with an experienced Rancho Mirage attorney who has been through the appeals process many times and knows the procedures, paperwork and the law.

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