Although many construction companies in Pennsylvania and other states have safety programs in place to prevent falls and other construction-related injuries, accidents still happen due to the nature of the work. A Philadelphia construction accident attorney understands that construction accidents can result in serious injuries or even death.
Sadly, a 51-year-old man died after falling from a scaffold in San Francisco, California. The man was found lying near an unfinished stairwell of the four-story home he was helping build. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. It is believed that he was working on a scaffold when he fell, but nobody saw or heard the accident. It is believed that the man fell from as high as 35 feet above the ground.
An injured construction worker may be able to file a construction accident lawsuit. An attorney will be able to determine who is liable and what damages can be claimed. If it is found that the injury was caused by a safety violation, then the construction company may be fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has strict regulations that companies must follow to keep their employees accident-free while on the job.
In the case of death caused by a construction accident, the victim’s survivors may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if it is believed that the company, contractor or other party was negligent and failed to ensure that employees were taught proper safety procedures. Various types of damages can be claimed, included medical and funeral expenses and emotional damages such as mental anguish and loss of companionship.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Construction worker killed in fall,” Vivian Ho, Dec. 27, 2012