A previous post on this blog discussed construction's fatal four, that is, four common causes of fatal workplace injuries at a construction site. As that previous post mentioned, these sorts of accidents are preventable, either by a construction worker's employer or by another party, for instance, the company which made scaffolding that gave way.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and aside from automobile accidents, the construction industry has a fatal four set of hazards which, as their name implies, tend to cause a lot of deadly construction accidents at work sites both in San Diego and in other parts of California and the rest of the country.
Shortcuts on San Diego worksites can sometimes lead to fatal construction accidents. The wife of a construction worker who fell 76 feet from a weaken platform last November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the general construction contractor, to subcontractors and the property owner.
Construction workers in the San Diego area have dangerous jobs. Any construction site is full of hazards and risks, such as scaffolding, retaining walls, heavy equipment and a lot of foot traffic as people move from place to place to get the job done. Other construction sites present special risks. For example, workers on high buildings risk falling and highway construction workers risk getting hit by passing cars.
A parking garage under construction partially collapsed recently in another city in California, sending up to 20 workers falling 15 feet in to wet concrete below them. Some of those near the site said it sounded like a bomb going off when the structure crumbled.
Many workers in the San Diego area may have not even heard of "RSD," or reflex sympathetic dystrophy, but those who do suffer from this condition will likely not forget it.
A previous post on this blog described a tragic construction site accident that happened in the San Diego area and which left one worker injured and another one dead. This type of accident, which involved the collapse of a wall, are not uncommon and, in fact, are often mentioned as a serious workplace hazard that construction crews frequently face.
A construction worker who was working on a job at a site in the San Diego area died after a wall collapsed, leaving man the man trapped underneath the structure. Another worker, who was thrown away from the wall when it fell, reportedly hurt his back and his leg in the incident.
The provision of a safe working environment has become a hot topic of discussion in recent years in the U.S. In San Diego, employers are obliged to uphold the safety of their workers at all times in the execution of tasks. This essentially means providing personal protective equipment, implementing adequate training policies and complying with safety procedures to the letter. Such guidelines have become a necessity especially within construction sites characterized by catastrophic hazards.
Project managers and owners in San Diego are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, which comes in handy in the aftermath of construction accidents. Injuries that are considered to be compensable under workers’ compensation are those that can be clearly connected to your employment condition or requirement.