In our last post, we talked about construction accidents. More specifically, we talked about the "Fatal Four," which are four prominent factors in fatal construction accidents. One of these four factors is "falls," which are always a concern on construction sites. Many construction employees have to work at precarious heights while using powerful machinery. This can lead to missteps or falls, and these can be fatal.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to a 29-year-old construction worker recently. However, it is possible that a mechanical malfunction or some other extenuating circumstance could have played a role in the fatal construction accident.
According to witnesses at the scene, the 29-year-old was one of three people working on a construction project that required a beam to be lowered into place. While the beam was being lowered, "something went wrong." The beam struck all three workers and ultimately killed the 29-year-old.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the accident and make a determination about fault. It should be noted that the construction company involved in this case was accused of serious violations in the past by OSHA, but they settled with OSHA for less than $4,000.
OSHA investigations can take a long time to complete, but the information they contain are very important for anyone associated with a work accident. If the victim of a work accident or the loved ones of that victim want to file a civil lawsuit against a company, this OSHA report can provide critical evidence to support their claim.
Source: ScienceBlogs, "Not an 'accident: Jose Alfredo Isagirrez-Mejia, 29 suffers fatal work-related injury at construction site in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida," Celeste Monforton, July 23, 2014