Construction workers in California may not be surprised to learn that their job is considered one of the most dangerous to have. Construction workers' accidents often result in serious injury or fatality because of the hazardous worksites, large-scale projects and heavy equipment the job often involves. In addition to monitoring their own safety, employees must also look out for the welfare of their fellow workers. If this chain of protection breaks down, disaster may happen.
Recently, an accident involving an excavation crew claimed the life of a man in another state. Around 3:30 p.m. one afternoon, the crew was beginning construction on a new driveway at a private residence. As a man driving a dump truck was backing up, he did not see another worker behind him. The dump truck struck the worker and pinned him against another large piece of equipment that was parked on the property.
A neighbor heard screams and ran to see what was happening. He told police that he heard the truck driver repeating that he may have killed the other man. The injured man was lying on the ground behind the truck. He was then taken to the hospital and later died of his injuries.
The families of people who die in construction workers' accidents are typically entitled to death benefits from workers' compensation. In fact, the family of the man in this accident may have already contacted an attorney who will work to make sure they receive the maximum amount they are due. The benefits exist to cover funeral costs and to provide some financial assistance while the family copes with their loss. People in California who lose loved ones on the job have the right to seek legal counsel for help in claiming the benefits they are owed.
Source: concordmonitor.com, "Witness heard scream then 'I think I killed him!' at scene of fatal construction accident", Alyssa Dandrea, Aug. 19, 2016