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Project site of many workplace accidents, including fatal fall

Many construction accidents have tragic endings, so hearing that an accident could have been prevented stirs many emotions. California workplace accidents are investigated to learn how to avoid such accidents in the future. Nevertheless, if employees are not trained to implement basic safety precautions, workplace accidents will continue to bring heartache to families and co-workers.

In another state, a worker fell 18 feet from an I-beam in what city building inspectors are calling a preventable accident. The 59-year-old worker was on an I-beam working to remove a portion of steel deck from the second floor of a building under construction. He was apparently trying to determine if the slab holding the deck could be lowered to the ground when he lost his balance and slipped from the I-beam, falling to his death.

Although the man was wearing a protective harness, an initial investigation revealed that there were no tie offs with his equipment. It is not even clear if there was a construction superintendent overseeing the work at the time of the accident. Local building inspectors have announced more frequent safety inspections as construction continues at the site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited the contractor for seven serious violations at the site and two violations at another project where the contractor was working.

Those who knew the victim of this tragedy said he was a hard-working family man for whom safety was a vital part of the job. Nevertheless, his family must now struggle to go on without him. California family members who lose loved ones in workplace accidents may have another struggle if workers' compensation insurance or their loved one's employers complicate their claims for funds they deserve. Having an attorney by their side to advocate for their rights will help them obtain the benefits they need to carry on.

Source: NY Daily News, "Construction worker, 59, killed in 'completely preventable' plunge at Times Square site", Molly Crane-Newman, April 12, 2017

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