Southern California is a place of growth and this includes the area’s universities. The University of California, San Diego, is in the process of erecting several new buildings. However, a construction accident at a university worksite proved to be deadly for one individual.
An incident occurred at a construction site at the University of California, San Diego, that left one worker dead and caused four others to suffer injuries. According to a Cal/OSHA spokesman, a 35-foot-tall wall of rebar fell, injuring four workers. Two of the workers were seriously injured and another was taken to the hospital, but later died. Cal/OSHA is performing an investigation into the incident.
When a construction accident occurs, the results can be devastating. Construction workers often work with heavy machinery, dangerous materials and at tall heights. This means that injuries or fatalities can occur if safety measures are not taken. Being injured on the job can cause financial hardships in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. And, fatalities can affect the victim’s family financially, especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner for the family.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to those injured or killed in a construction accident. In addition, if the accident was the fault of a third-party, in some cases it may be possible to bring a legal claim against that third-party. As this post is informational only and does not constitute legal advice, those who are wondering what steps to take following a construction accident should speak with an attorney about their situation.