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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unexpected death of a spouse can cause serious ramifications, both emotionally and financially. That is what one widow is experiencing after her husband of 11 years passed away after being involved in a construction accident. That accident occurred when the third story of a building collapsed around the 67-year-old worker. The company he worked for, Professional Grade Construction Group, promised to pay for the funeral but changed its mind less than a day later when the company became aware of an attorney that was hired by the wife of the deceased.
A project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will likely be moving ahead of schedule after an accident occurred during the demolition of a four-story parking garage. The construction accident could have left many workers injured and people near to the scene believed that several construction workers were still inside when the accident happened. According to reports, the entire building unexpectedly collapsed.