Construction workers’ accidents can be serious at tall heights
Construction sites are known for having an inherent amount of danger. However, construction workers can face an even higher chance of construction workers’ accidents when working at tall heights. This is common when working on certain types of buildings in California or any other state. These types of accidents can be quite serious and can result in serious injuries.
Four construction workers found themselves in the middle of this type of situation in a recent construction accident. The incident occurred at approximately 9:05 a.m. when three of the construction workers were connecting a beam that was about 14 to 20 feet above the ground. Somehow, the beam ended up collapsing, which resulted in the three workers being injured. A fourth worker had also sustained injuries as a result of falling debris.
The workers had just connected the beam when two bolts had been sheared off, which caused the beam — along with the three construction workers — to fall. Three of the workers suffered injuries ranging from serious to critical. The fourth injured worker suffered injuries that ranged from fair to serious. The collapsed steel was secured before firefighters arrived on the scene.
Although it initially appears that workers had complied with safety regulations, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is still planning to investigate the incident. However, whether there were any safety violations that contributed to the incident, the injured workers may still be eligible to obtain benefits via workers’ compensation insurance. This is typically available for most construction workers’ accidents in California and elsewhere.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “OSHA: Iron workers were on steel beam when it collapsed“, Dec. 29, 2014