Man Killed While Cleaning Concrete Truck – Construction Accidents

by Bisnar Chase on February 1, 2013

February 1, 2013—Tracy, California—A construction worker was killed when an 1,800 pound piece of concrete fell on him, pinning him beneath its weight and crushing him, according to KCRA News.  The worker was engaged in cleaning out a concrete truck at the time of the incident.

The 47-year-old victim from Whittier was working on contract for Express Chipping at the time of the tragedy which happened on Linne Road.  He was removing concrete buildup inside a truck owned by A&A Concrete supply when he was pinned inside the truck by falling concrete.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers.

Cal-OSHA is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Construction Accidents Prove Fatal for Many Each Year

Construction is still one of the most dangerous occupations according to information compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In 2011, 759 people were killed in construction accidents in the United States, or more than two per day.  Most construction accidents involve falls, objects falling onto workers, or vehicle-related crashes.

Owners of construction firms and the owners of the sites at which they work both have an obligation to create a safe work environment for employees and visitors to the site.  If they fail to do so, they can be subject to government sanctions as well as liability for personal injury.

Who Is Responsible For This Man’s Injuries?

This case may be complicated from a legal perspective because the man was apparently working for one company on another company’s equipment.  That means that the liability may stem from negligence on the part of the employer in allowing the man to work in dangerous conditions, from the owner of the truck for creating the dangerous conditions or both.

A personal injury lawyer must examine the facts of the case to make a determination as to who holds liability for the man’s death in this case.  Once that is established, the family may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the person or company that is deemed responsible for the worker’s death.  Wrongful death suits usually include damages for lost future earnings as well as loss of love and companionship.

What Should I Do If I am Involved in a Construction Accident?

If you are hurt in a construction accident, your first responsibility is to seek medical attention.  You must be sure that your health is not in danger before considering any other possibilities.  However, once you have ensured that your health is being taken care of, you should consider your rights to file a personal injury suit against the employer, the work site owner, or both.

A personal injury attorney can help you recover damages for your injuries including medical bills, sums for your mental anguish, pain and suffering, and lost wages while you recover.  You may also be entitled to other types of compensation so that you can pay for increased living expenses or other costs.  Talk to a personal injury attorney today to protect your rights.

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