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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

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.

Barn collapse hurts four construction workers

Construction projects happen on a regular basis throughout the state of Florida. Some involve highways, while others involve parking garages and office buildings. Universities also do a lot of construction, especially those that are growing or well-known. One such facility was the site of a recent construction accident that injured four individuals, three of them critically. Though the accident did not occur in the state of Florida, a similar incident could occur and that is why the details of this case are important to note.

Botched demolition may have caused building to collapse

If what goes up must come down, it may be only a matter of time before a building must be demolished. Many construction workers in Florida work on demolitions and in the safest projects, the steps are detailed and strictly followed. But in some cases, construction companies either do not have a solid plan for demolition or do not supervise the workers as well as they should. Whatever it is, it can lead to tragedy as it did during the recent collapse of a building. According to reports, a dozen were hurt and two were trapped under the rubble of the recent construction accident.

Death at construction site may spark six-month investigation

News reports indicate that a 54-year--old man from Atlanta has been killed on a construction site in South Walton County, Florida. The construction accident involved a 2005 John Deere L22 Loader that was operated by a 25--year-old worker at the site. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. on an access drive to Topsail Apartments. Officials have not yet released the identity of the deceased because his next-of--kin has not yet been made aware of the situation.

Construction workers pinned by concrete slab, serious injury

Construction workers are often seen wearing safety helmets and brightly colored vests in Florida. This is because their jobs tend to be less safe than other positions, such as those belonging to people employed in office buildings and restaurants. Underscoring this lack of safety is a recent construction accident that left two workers pinned underneath a slab of concrete for some time.

No workers hurt in scaffolding collapse due to meeting

Four cars were damaged and one lane of traffic was blocked after the scaffolding for a construction project in Pensacola Beach, Florida, collapsed. According to reports, the construction accident was caused by unexpected gusts of wind that blew in around 60 to 70 mph. Workers were not on the scaffolding at the time and no one was hurt, surprisingly. Had the scaffolding collapsed at a different time, it is likely that workers would have been using it and many could have sustained injuries.

Driver charged in death of construction worker

Almost daily, people in Florida and throughout the United States find themselves injured at the workplace. Though it may be through a repetitive motion or some other gradual process, this is not always the case. Accidents happen and can cause serious injuries and fatalities, as one did for a construction worker in October.

Study finds injuries often go unreported

Many workers in Florida know the dangers of their jobs. But the question is, does the public? A recent study conducted by researchers from the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Duke University along with two groups of carpenters found that many construction worker injuries go unreported due to the environment in which the workers are employed.

Crash kills two construction workers on expansion project

Residents of Florida are no strangers to construction. Despite this, construction accidents hurt workers on a regular basis, sometimes involving vehicles that are not part of the construction projects. Other states are familiar with this, as well; construction is an industry that is riddled with workplace injuries. People should remember that when they complain about the minor inconveniences that road construction causes.

Father missing after garage collapse in Florida

The collapse of a garage at Miami Dade College West in Miami, Florida, has left 10 workers injured and three dead. According to an eyewitness report from a worker at a nearby cigar shop, the garage fell like a house of cards and shook the building he worked in. Reports indicate that there were 17 workers on site-painters, welders, electricians and others-and there were only seconds between the realization that the building was collapsing and the collapse itself.

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