In California, employers have an obligation to ensure that their workers are safe. This includes providing proper equipment, arranging for training, following the correct safety procedures and making sure that everything at the workplace is up to code. This is true in every workplace, but it’s especially important on construction sites, where potentially life-threatening hazards are everywhere.
The Superior Court of Yolo County, California has given the green light to allow involuntary manslaughter charges to go forward against a superintendent who was overseeing a construction site in 2014 when tragedy struck. Two of the workers under his charge were up on a rig-hoisted platform inspecting a cable on another crane when the rigging gave way, causing the two to fall 80 feet. Both of the employees died.
An investigation revealed both a combination of untrained staff and faulty equipment caused the accident and Cal-OSHA fined the company over $106,000. They also discovered a range of violations on the site including a D-ring in the rigging equipment that didn’t fit in the hook, a lack of labels on the crane’s controls, a missing window and an oil leak in the hydraulic system.
In the past, the superintendent has refuted accusations that he was reckless and didn’t provide a safe working environment for his workers. Tragically, one of the employees who died was the man’s own son.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, it may be wise to seek out an attorney who specializes in construction workers’ accidents. He or she can conduct an investigation and may be able to help the victim and their family get compensation.
Source: davisenterprise.com, “Manslaughter charges filed in Winters construction accident,” Lauren Keene, December 23, 2016