Scaffolding poses numerous hazards to construction workers in California, and employers who fail to comply with prescribed safety regulations put the lives of their employees on the line. Many severe injuries have been suffered -- and lives lost -- in construction workers' accidents that were caused by unstable scaffolding structures. One such an incident in San Diego is currently under investigation.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called to a construction site at around 10:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. Reportedly, the incident occurred at a site that has been under construction since 2015. Rescue workers say three men were standing on a scaffold on the second floor where they were hanging drywall. For reasons yet to be determined, the scaffold structure collapsed, causing the workers to fall about 16 feet to a lower level.
According to a witness, the three injured workers did not move when paramedics removed them from the building to the ambulance that transported them to the hospital. The fire department revealed that two employees suffered serious trauma while the third one suffered major injuries. Reportedly, a fourth worker received medical treatment at the scene.
California workers who are victims of construction workers' accidents may be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. The workers' compensation insurance system offers benefits to cover medical expenses and lost income to qualifying workers. Victims who suffered severe injuries may find comfort in knowing that an attorney who is experienced in fighting for the rights of injured workers can navigate the claims for them, allowing them to focus on recovering and returning to work.
Source: cbs8.com, "Three injured in construction accident near Petco Park", Feb. 1, 2018