In some situations, workers are at the mercy of their environment. Being unable to control certain factors often leaves workers vulnerable to accidents and injuries that safety protocol may not be able to prevent. In these third\-party cases, injured employees may have recourse to additional compensation through civil courts. Such compensation may be even more important to families who lose loved ones in workplace accidents.
One California family is grieving the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one after a recent construction accident. The worker was on a crew assigned to dig footing for a wall that was part of a new car dealership. While on his lunch break, the man sat in the trench to eat with his co-workers. Suddenly, a six-foot concrete wall from the property behind the construction site collapsed into the trench, crushing the man. A second worker leaped out of the way and suffered minor injuries.
Rescue crews and the man's co-workers worked feverishly to free the man from beneath the 6,000-pound wall. However, after hours of digging, the medical examiner declared the 51-year-old man dead on the scene. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident to determine why the wall collapsed and if any safety regulations were violated.
If investigations show that the owner of the property containing the collapsed wall was negligent in maintaining the structure of the wall, those involved may be able to seek compensation through third-party cases. An attorney will be able to advise them if their situation meets the standards for such lawsuits. Additionally, any injured employee or family member of workers who die in accidents on the job may seek the advice of an attorney for claiming workers' compensation benefits.
Source: NBC San Diego, "1 Dead, 1 Injured After 6-Foot Concrete Wall Collapses at Construction Site", Samantha Tatro, April 4, 2017