Four men were seriously injured when the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. The workers were part of a construction crew in downtown San Diego. The men were working at a height of approximately 16 feet above ground when the scaffolding they were on collapsed, and they all fell to the ground. The accident occurred at an apartment construction site located near Petco Park on 10th Avenue and Park Boulevard. A San Diego Fire Department spokesperson stated that the injured workers were transported to UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment of traumatic injuries.
OSHA Investigating the Accident
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Cal/OSHA, is reportedly investigating the cause of the accident. As with all employers, construction companies are required to provide a safe working environment for employees. Construction jobs are among the most dangerous in the country.
Companies must take steps to ensure that workers are safe. They must provide safe equipment and it must be utilized in a manner that will not harm workers. Companies need to inspect equipment to make certain that it remains in good condition and a supervisor should oversee the job site at all times. Additionally, employees must be provided with safety equipment and need to be properly trained in safety measures as well as how to operate and install equipment in a safe manner.
Injuries Due to Construction Accidents
Injuries suffered in construction accidents can range from minor to extremely serious. Falls are the most common type of accident and can be very severe. The report did not indicate the exact injuries to the workers in this case except to say that they suffered traumatic injuries. Head and back injuries are among the most severe and could cause traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities. Other injuries often include broken bones or fractures, lacerations, sprains and strains, and contusions.
Workers who suffer injuries in construction accidents may require extensive long term care and rehabilitative therapy. They may be unable to return to work for an extended period of time. The company may be responsible for the accident because of their negligence. A worker may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and money for pain and suffering, among other damages. The company may also be cited for violations in the workplace. The report did not indicate whether OSHA has yet made a determination in this case.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Will Help
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a construction accident, you may need to take legal action. The negligent party should be held responsible for paying your medical bills and other expenses. If you are permanently disabled, you might be unable to return to work. You and your family should not be financially ruined due to an injury caused by someone’s negligence. You need to protect your rights and get representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea today to discuss the details of your case.