When accidents occur at California construction sites, they often happen so quickly that rescuers can do little to help. Heavy equipment used at great heights may combine to create a deadly situation if things go wrong. For safety advocates, the investigation of construction workers' accidents is primarily to prevent future accidents from occurring. Authorities are likely investigating a recent accident at a bridge project in another state to determine the causes and correct the situation.
Around mid-morning, emergency responders received word that a man had been injured at a bridge reconstruction site. Witnesses say a lift used to raise workers to the underside of the bridge suddenly tipped and fell over. The worker, whose age was not reported, was trapped under the fallen lift.
Police and emergency medical crews responded to the scene and removed the lift from the man. He was taken by helicopter to a nearby medical center. Witnesses say the man may have suffered a head injury. If it is confirmed that the man suffered head trauma, he may be facing devastating consequences. In addition to painful physical limitations, many with brain injuries are unable to return to work, and that loss of income can be crippling to a family.
Construction workers' accidents that result in brain injury can have lifelong effects and may require years of expensive medical treatment. While workers' compensation is provided to cover medical costs and lost wages, the insurance companies are not always easy to work with. Injured workers and their loved ones may not have the time or energy to fight for the compensation they deserve. Having a skilled attorney to fight the battle for them provides peace of mind for many in California.
Source: dailygazette.com, "Man injured by falling construction equipment", Daniel Fitzsimmons, April 18, 2017