Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a roofing company for a construction accident that killed a worker at a Texas jobsite. An employee doing roof repair work fell 30 feet after the roof gave way.
An investigation revealed that Spray Polyurethane Foam did not analyze the roof to determine if it was structurally sound. Additionally, the company was reprimanded for not having fall restraints in place, and also for failing to train workers who would have been working in these conditions. The company is facing a fine of $8,700 for the safety violations.
Unfortunately, this type of construction site accident is not uncommon. Often these projects have many different types of workers on site and very strict timelines in place, sometimes resulting in confusion and rushing. Explosions, falling materials as well as scaffold and ladder injuries often occur.
When an injury happens, it will require a careful review to determine what compensation may be available. If you are injured and miss work, it may be possible to recover compensation for lost wages. Any medical expenses associated with the injury may also be reimbursed.
Families that lost a loved one due to a construction accident may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. Texas limits these suits to the family of the victim. In a wrongful death action, compensation is provided for those who suffered an untimely loss. This compensation generally consists of future lost wages based upon someone’s life expectancy, as well as for mental anguish associated with the loss.
Each situation will be different, and it will be important to receive prompt medical attention. After receiving treatment for your injuries, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area to learn the options available to you.
Source: Company Cited in Deadly Accident