An accident at a construction site in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West Los Angeles has killed one worker and injured two others. This horrific accident occurred midday at a high-rise building that was under construction. It is likely that an extensive investigation of the accident will be ongoing to document exactly what occurred and why.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident was reported just after noon. The LAFD was called to the building after some rebar inside was energized by electricity. Once the electrified rebar came in contact with the high voltage lines inside the building, a fire broke out. Firefighters succeeded in stopping the blaze after half an hour. Once the fire was out, officials evaluated the scene to be sure the interior of the building was no longer a danger.
Tragically, all the workers inside the building were not able to evacuate safely. Two of the workers did make it outside. They were hospitalized with injuries. No information on their condition, ages or names has been released at this time. Another worker inside the building was not able to evacuate and did not survive.
Seeking workers’ compensation
When an accident happens on a construction site, or any other work location, the victim is often able to seek compensation. When one gets hurt at work, the worker may deal with many unexpected expenses related to medical care, recovery and lost wages. A jobsite accident can be a traumatic experience for an individual, or in the case of death, the victim’s loved ones. Victims of work injuries, or their family members, can seek legal advice to understand how to proceed in a workers’ compensation case.