Worker falls 40 feet, injured worker claim possible
If OSHA or the injured worker accuses the employer of purposely ignoring safety standards, the company will need to defend itself and protect its financial interests.
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Worker falls 40 feet, injured worker claim possible

July 13, 2015
Sacks & Zolonz, LLP
Workers' Compensation Defense

Construction workers put themselves at risk on a daily basis in California. One of the most common dangers that they have to deal with is working from tall heights. Unfortunately, one construction worker recently fell from a tall height and was critically injured. This may result in an injured worker claim.

The 53-year-old construction worker fell approximately 40 feet and landed on a piece of concrete. The precast concrete had also fallen at the construction site located at an airport parking garage. The construction crew was attempting to hoist the 32-ton concrete piece. The worker was attempting to secure the concrete panel when he fell.

The construction site at the parking garage was being operated by general contracting company Turner Construction. Work at the construction site has been halted in order to allow authorities to investigate the incident in order to determine what may have caused the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent investigators who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.

Not only could the accident result in an injured worker claim, but the OSHA investigation could result in citations for work safety violations. This can be a significant challenge for many companies in California. If OSHA or the injured worker accuses the employer of purposely ignoring safety standards, the company  will need to defend itself and protect its financial interests. While the first concern is surely for the health and well-being of the seriously injured worker, the contractor must necessarily protect its business reputation and seek a just conclusion to all applicable investigations and legal proceedings.

Source: wcvb.com, “Worker critically injured in Logan Airport construction accident“, July 10, 2015

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