Recently, an employee was killed while attempting to repair a Bronx recycling plant. The 47-year-old man was sent to fix a bulldozer. As he worked, he was struck by the excavator bucket at New York Recycling. Sadly, the Guatemala native was crushed from the torso up and medical crews were unable to save him. It is still unclear what caused the bucket to collapse. The location of the incident was reported not to be an active construction site, but heavy machinery is used there daily.
The construction industry is notoriously dangerous, and even with increased attempts at regulating the industry to promote safety, accident rates remain high. Every day, 14 construction workers will die of work-related injuries across the country, as reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Construction wrongful deaths amount to over 20 percent of all worker deaths nationwide. The dangers in the industry stem from the heavy equipment involved, heights, electricity, and other hazards.
There are several common causes of construction accidents. They include:
Construction workers injured on the job or the loved ones of those killed may be able to seek compensation through Florida’s Labor Laws. While workers’ compensation generally covers workplace injuries, serious accidents may give rise to a lawsuit based on the negligence of the contractor, subcontractor, site owner, architect, machine manufacturer, and others. Contact our construction accident attorneys for more information about your potential case. Call VG Law for your consultation.