Falls continue to be a leading cause of Arizona construction accident injuries and fatalities. Such fatal construction scaffolding falls are usually caused by loose or unstable scaffolding, lack of fall prevention mechanisms or some type of slippage. Falls can result in catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, which can essentially prevent a worker from having a livelihood for the rest of his life. This can be emotionally and financially damaging, not only to the worker, but to his entire family.
According to a recent news report, a construction worker was killed after he fell from scaffolding into a hole and was then buried by a large amount of soil. Officials say that the worker fell into the excavated hole while using a compactor 6 feet above the ground and 15 feet above the bottom of the hole. It is believed that the vibrations from the compactor caused the worker to lose his balance and fall into the hole.
Employers can be held accountable for on the job injuries and fatalities when they fail to provide safe work conditions. The Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) can slap employers with serious citations and fines if they are found to have been negligent. Arizona employers are required under state and federal law, to provide safe work conditions for their workers. In such cases, victims’ families have the legal right to pursue compensation for their tremendous loss. If negligence is found on the part of the contractor or a sub-contractor (an entity other than the employer), there is the potential for third-party claims as well.
If you have lost a loved one in an Arizona construction accident, please contact the skilled Scottsdale construction accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. by calling (602) 978-6400. Our experienced lawyers will work to help you receive the compensation that you deserve and help you navigate a complex legal process during this difficult time. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.