Construction sites in California pose a myriad of hidden dangers that can cause serious injuries. While there are many known safety hazards, unanticipated incidents are often reported. For that reason, risk assessment by knowledgeable professionals must continue throughout building projects. Unforeseen construction workers' accidents can have devastating consequences.
When a concrete wall unexpectedly collapsed at a construction site in Santa Barbara County on a recent Monday, two workers became trapped. Fortunately, coworkers were able to extract them quickly. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the men were no longer pinned by rubble when paramedics arrived.
Reportedly, neither of the two workers -- both said to be in their 20s -- suffered critical injuries. The cause of the collapse of the wall is yet to be determined, but an investigation is underway. Apparently, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been informed about the incident, and inspectors will likely arrive to join the investigation while also assessing the construction company's compliance with prescribed safety regulations. Construction workers' accidents such as this one typically have more severe consequences, and these two workers were fortunate to come away without life-changing injuries.
Regardless of the severity of the injuries suffered in construction workers' accidents, all medical expenses are typically compensable by the California workers' compensation insurance program. Sometimes, such near-death experiences can cause trauma that may lead to PTSD. When this happens, proving the condition to be work-related can be challenging, and help may be required. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can take over the benefits claims and work to obtain the compensation that the affected worker deserves.
Source: keyt.com, "Construction workers injured when concrete wall collapsed near Orcutt", Aug. 21, 2017