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Employer defense is an option for construction company

Head injuries can be the most devastating of injuries. Many times these types of injuries can cause permanent disabilities or even death. This is why construction workers in California and elsewhere should be extra careful to avoid traumatic blows to the head. However, despite best efforts, this type of injury is a common occurrence that can result in the need for a company to implement an employer defense.

One worker experienced this type of injury following a recent workplace accident at a construction site. The incident occurred late May when a large steel beam hit the worker in the back of her head. Apparently the beam was being held in place by a clamp but somehow broke free. A part of the street was closed for several hours to allow rescue crews and authorities to clear the accident scene and investigate the incident.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene at approximately 12:04 p.m. Upon arrival, they pronounced the victim dead. The construction site was located close to a local school building. Apparently, construction crews were hammering steel beams into the ground with a crane.

It is unfortunate that a life was lost in this incident. As with any construction accident in California or elsewhere that results in serious injury or death, the investigation of the accident can lead to safety violations for the construction company if authorities decide that the construction site was somehow not in compliance with safety regulations. On the other hand, the construction company will also have the opportunity to launch a legal employer defense.

Source:, "Construction worker dies in Hammondsport accident", Dave Bohrer, May 29, 2015

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