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Workplace accidents: Risk is high in the construction industry

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2020 | Workplace Accidents |

California construction workers often suffer injuries on the job. Construction work is typically at the top of most lists regarding which jobs are the most dangerous. When workplace accidents occur, it often sparks a series of events that hopefully includes helping injured workers seek medical attention, as well as reporting their injuries to their employers and filing workers’ compensation claims.

recent accident occurred when a work crew in another state was loading heavy sheets of metal onto a truck. The sheet pilings were being used in a bridge renovation project. At approximately 9:30 a.m., a pile of the metal sheets fell from the truck. One of the workers became pinned underneath.

Thankfully, the worker who was struck by the falling objects survived his injuries and was quickly transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation to determine whether any safety protocols were violated. The contractor in charge of the bridge project suspended all work until further notice. No additional details were provided regarding the injured worker’s present condition.

Workplace accidents like this one often result in serious injuries or fatalities. It is not uncommon for a California worker to have to take a lot of time off work during recovery. Injuries that result in permanent disabilities may prevent a particular employee from ever being able to work again. Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be stressful and challenging, which is why it pays to rely on an experienced employment law attorney for support.