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Construction workers' accidents: Bridge worker died in fall

Construction company owners nationwide, including in California, have many safety regulations with which to comply. Disregarding even one safety measure can cause devastating construction workers' accidents. After a worker recently fell to his death, his employer said the company has numerous safety precautions in place. Unfortunately, this man may have lost his life because one of those many precautions was disregarded.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. To date, little information has been reported. It was noted that a road construction worker fell roughly 50 feet to his death. Whether he was wearing fall protection, or whether he was securely tethered was not divulged.

Most fall incidents are preventable. OSHA has indicated that lives can be saved by implementing just three steps. Each job must be properly planned in advance, appropriate personal protective equipment must be provided, and workers must be trained to use the equipment in the correct way. Supervisors must also keep a lookout for workers who fail to use their protective gear.

While no amount of compensation can ever replace a lost loved one, workers' compensation insurance benefits may ease the financial burden typically associated with fatal construction workers' accidents. Knowing that the California workers' compensation system will assist the family to give a loved one a proper funeral and burial may offer some peace of mind. Furthermore, the insurance program normally provides a financial package as wage replacement to assist any covered dependents with daily living expenses for a predetermined period. This is typically based on the deceased worker's average weekly wage.

Source: news4sanantonio.com, "Construction worker's death under investigation after falling from highway bridge", Renee Santos, June 17, 2016

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