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Construction workers' accidents: Scaffold fall ends in death

Construction company owners must protect their workers from the many safety hazards presented by construction sites. Falls from scaffolds represent a significant percentage of construction workers' accidents. Work safety officials in California and elsewhere say that most scaffold falls are preventable if the regulations regarding the construction of the structure and the fall protection of the workers are followed.

Sadly, some construction company owners pay little or no attention to the safety of workers and often cut corners in order to accelerate the construction process. The Fullerton Fire Department was reportedly called to the scene of a construction site accident on a recent Monday morning. The incident occurred at an apartment building that was under construction.

Rescuers reported that a worker fell from a scaffold structure that was about 40 feet high. The man, believed to have been in his 30s, was rushed to a medical center but succumbed to his injuries later on the same day. The deputy fire chief could not confirm whether the scaffold was fitted with guard rails. It was also not clear whether the worker wore fall protection gear.

Understandably, California families who have lost loved ones in construction workers' accidents face traumatic and uncertain times. Apart from a family's grief,  funeral and burial costs and ongoing living expenses must be confronted. Surviving family members will no longer have the security of the deceased victim's monthly income, and maintaining financial obligations may be difficult. Fortunately, help is available in the form of workers' compensation death benefits. Coverage is typically available for end of life expenses along with a financial package for covered dependents that is based on the deceased worker's wage level.

Source: ocregister.com, "Update: Construction worker dies after falling 20 feet from scaffolding in Fullerton", Alyssa Duranty, Louis Casiano, Aug. 24, 2015

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