Construction Worker Crushed to Death by Piece of Heavy Concrete

A Washington state construction worker was fatally injured by a large, heavy piece of concrete on a construction site recently. The worker was trying to remove a collapsed column with an excavator. Part of the column broke loose and crushed the cab of the excavator. That piece alone weighed about 18,000 pounds. Investigators from OSHA are trying to figure out how the piece of concrete broke loose and fell.

Construction site accidents, especially those that involve falling objects, can cause devastating injuries or deaths. Very often, workers get hit by falling objects at construction sites. Construction sites are inherently dangerous because of the presence of heavy columns, steel bars, scaffolds and trenches. There is danger lurking in each and every corner. That is why it is critical that builders and contractors follow safety standards mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The tragedies, which occur at Washington construction sites, can be prevented by following the safety standards spelled out by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Construction workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive worker’s compensation benefits from their employer. However, in accidents which involve debilitating injuries or fatalities, these benefits are hardly enough to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other associated costs. An experienced Washington construction accident lawyer will be able to guide these injured victims and their families through what can be a complex legal process.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Seattle construction site accident, please contact the experienced construction accident lawyers with The Bernard Law Group for a free consultation and comprehensive assessment of your claim. Please call us at 1-800-418-8282 or e-mail us at info@bernardlawgroup.com. We can also send you our FREE informational brochure about Washington construction accident cases, which has useful educational information to help you understand your legal rights and options. Get in touch with Kirk Bernard and his skilled legal team today.

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