A previous post on this blog discussed how those who run construction zones and other work sites in the San Diego area have an obligation to make sure that the equipment at the work site is safe for workers to use. This oftentimes includes adhering to detailed state and federal safety standards.
Although of course San Diego, California, construction workers should do what they can to stay safe around their equipment and thus prevent construction accidents, it is ultimately the responsibility of the employer to provide safe and properly working equipment that will not hurt the employer's staff.
At least three members of a construction crew suffered what authorities described as serious injuries while working on a project in the San Diego area near Petco Park.
A man whom family members said was very safety minded and even read machinery safety and training manuals in his spare time died after a tragic forklift accident at work. The man was in his 50s and had just purchased a new house. He had been working in his profession since he was 16.
Many construction workers in the San Diego area have to work on building or fixing the city's skyscrapers and other tall structures. Even when they are working on structures of relatively modest height, scaffolding is going to be an essential part of the construction project.
A previous post on this blog gave San Diego construction workers some important pointers on how to avoid falling from a ladder. The post also reminded workers that if they should fall while on the job, they should file for workers' compensation benefits.
Previous posts on this blog have shared information with San Diego residents about the so-called "Fatal Four" types of construction accidents. However, if someone looks at the statistics carefully, one should really call the "Fatal Four" the "Fatal Five," as many deaths, over 300 annually if one adds up the numbers, result from motor vehicle accidents in a construction zone.
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.