Construction equipment is amazing, and the workers behind the equipment are incredibly skilled to build massive structures, roads, tunnels and more. Historically, it is not uncommon for workers to become injured or die while trying to complete the work on a construction site. Sometimes, equipment is unstable, and there are risks that workers must take. In the present, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance when construction workers’ accidents occur. Sadly, one California family may need to file a claim for death benefits after the loss of their loved one.
The family of a 20-year-old construction worker was recently notified of his death. He was hired to complete work on the I-10 freeway that is adding a carpool lane in both directions. It has not been determined if the worker was an employee of Caltrans or if he was an employee of a subcontractor company.
It is believed that, while he was operating a piece of equipment on a dirt road, the machine fell down an embankment. In the process, the man also fell out of the machine. Unfortunately, the machine then fell on top of the man and crushed him. He did not survive his injuries.
Families who have not suffered the loss of a loved one in recent years may not understand the costs that can occur following construction workers’ accidents. With employer-provided workers’ compensation, some families may qualify for death benefits. The system can be confusing, and many families find the assistance of a California attorney to be to their benefit when filing a claim.