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Settlement does not do justice for mother of deceased worker

A wrongful death suit instigated by the death of one couple's son has resulted in a $1 million settlement for the bereaved parents. Last year, a 30-year-old man was killed while he was working on a construction site. The construction accident that caused the man's death happened when a large tractor crane collapsed. According to federal investigators, the cable holding up the 160-foot boom was badly frayed and the accident could have been avoided. The company overseeing the construction was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with 10 violations and $68,000 in fines.

OSHA added that the company had not properly investigated the crane and said that the owners of the crane had not paid attention to the safety of workers. At the time of the accident, the crane operator was swinging the boom to lift rebar while the 30-year-old worked below the heavy equipment. When the cable snapped, the boom came crashing down onto a roof deck. This caused steel and concrete to land on the 30-year-old, causing his death. His parents, angry by the findings that insisted this accident could have been prevented, decided to file a wrongful death suit against the construction company.

More than a year later, the parties have settled. But the mother stated that $1 million, which will be paid for by the construction firm's insurance company and will be tax-free, is not enough to make up for the loss of her son. She remains angry because the company is still in business and even got a tattoo in remembrance of her son.

This case goes to show how tragic a construction accident can be. If you live in Florida and have lost a loved one to a workplace accident or have suffered an injury due to lax safety procedures, please speak with an experienced attorney about your situation. You may be able to receive compensation for any undue hardships that you have experienced due to the accident.

Source:  New York Daily News, "EXCLUSIVE: Parents of construction worker killed in crane accident given $1 million settlement" Greg B. Smith, Aug. 20, 2013

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