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Construction workers' accidents plague building site

There is little question that construction work is among the most dangerous careers. The potential for severe injuries increases because of the high-risk environment in which the work is done. Since California cities continue to expand and improve, there is a greater possibility for construction workers' accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, one construction site in another state seems to have had more than its share of danger.

In the early hours of a construction shift, a worker was injured after he tripped and fell onto his chin while trying to avoid being struck by a moving crane. Original reports noted that he had been seriously injured when an I-beam fell on him, but these reports were false. However, those hearing the reports may not have been surprised since the construction site has been plagued with accidents and safety grievances for almost a year.

Workers and passers-by have lodged complaints of items falling or equipment blocking the flow of traffic. One man's windshield was shattered by a falling object, and a harnessed battery dropped into the street one day. A worker was sent to an urgent care facility after cutting his finger with a wood saw, and another worker also went to the hospital after a beam fell on his foot. Numerous employees have been cut, tripped and hit in the face with equipment in the months since the project began.

Safety precautions can prevent many construction workers' accidents, and employers have an obligation to make safety a priority. Carelessness or overconfidence may breed a rash of accidents that cause suffering and may cost workers dearly. California workers who are injured on the job have a right to workers' compensation to cover any lost wages and ensure medical treatment. Having an attorney to advocate for them during negotiations with insurance companies improves the chances of receiving the maximum benefits they deserve.

Source: dnainfo.com, "Worker Hurt While Dodging Crane at Accident-Plagued Hotel Site, City Says", Aidan Gardiner, March 23, 2017

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