Category Archives: Wrongful Death from Construction Accidents

Wrongful death is devastating, but our person injury attorneys have insight to help the families of those who have suffered a wrongful death from construction accidents.

Could I Be Hurt While Working in a Construction Zone?

Taking into account all the possible dangers that construction workers face on the job is a difficult task, but it is the responsibility of employers to do so, because if they fail to, lives could be lost. Still, in some cases, construction accidents are caused by third parties, and in those cases, the party at fault should be held accountable. Three months ago, a 44-year-old man lost his life in a hit-and-run accident while working in a construction zone, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The wreck happened in the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue/State Road 37 around 2 a.m. The 44-year-old construction worker was standing by a work truck prior to being struck by the vehicle, a black Jeep, which had drifted into the road’s shared turn lane. After hitting the worker, the Jeep kept going, fleeing the scene, according to the Lakeland Police. A co-worker who had heard…
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Can Workers’ Comp Help My Family If My Father Died On the Job?

While money is the last thing someone wants to be dealing with or even thinking about after losing a loved one, families are often left to struggle following the death of a family member on the job. However, in some cases, these families may be eligible to receive help financially in the form of workers’ compensation benefits. According to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation website, if a worker dies from a job-related injury, his or her family members have less than a year from the date of the incident to pursue any compensation they may be eligible for, including: As much as $7,500 towards the cost of the funeral. Educational benefits for workers who left behind a husband or wife. The maximum compensation allowed under the law for the worker’s surviving dependents. The maximum amount surviving families may receive in workers’ comp death benefits in Florida, including compensation, funeral…
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St. Petersburg Construction Worker Killed in Roller Accident

A roller (also known as a roller-compactor or road roller) is a construction vehicle with a large cylinder attached to the front in place of the wheels that is used to compact concrete, soil, asphalt and gravel, usually as a part of constructing a road. Recently, a construction worker was killed in a roller accident while working on a jobsite in St. Petersburg, Florida. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on a construction site near Sawgrass Lake Park, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The 53-year-old construction worker was reportedly driving a roller on top of a sand berm prior to the incident. He became pinned under the roller after it slipped and rolled on top of him, according to the report. Although the construction worker’s co-workers were able to free him using other pieces of equipment, he was later pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was still under…
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What Happens If a Subcontractor Dies On the Job?

A subcontractor is an individual or a business that takes on a portion of a project from the principal contractor or another subcontractor. For instance, if a construction company is building a house and it does not have an electrician on staff, it might bring in an electrician as a subcontractor to wire the home. Unfortunately, because subcontractors are not employees of the principal contractors or subcontractors that bring them onto projects, when they are involved in a workplace accident, it can be difficult to assign responsibility. While subcontractors are not an employee of the principal contractor or the other subcontractor that brought them onto the project, depending on the circumstances of the accident that led to their death, their family may be able to sue: The principal contractor Fellow subcontractors or employees Other construction site workers The construction site owner Equipment manufacturers The subcontractor’s employer The subcontractor’s supervisors Recently,…
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Who Can I Call If I Fell While Working on a Construction Site?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2012, 34.6 percent of construction worker deaths were the result of falls. Unfortunately, a recent fatal Florida construction accident resulted from a fall. The accident happened at a Tampa Electric Co. power plant. The 31-year-old accident victim worked for the Southeastern Construction and Maintenance Co., according to the Tampa Bay Times.  He reportedly fell through a metal grate while on a catwalk. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man fell 40 to 50 feet and died at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office was still investigating the incident at the time of this report. Employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe work environment and the training and equipment to do their jobs without incident. If Southeastern Construction and Maintenance Co. failed to provide any of those protections to its employees and that negligence resulted in the death…
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Fatal Construction Site Accident in Hallandale Beach

Police are investigating a construction accident at a private home last month that killed one worker, a 27-year-old man who was working on the foundation of the home. The crew was moving a crane from one side of the construction site to the other. As the crane was moved, it started to wobble. As the crane began to topple over, the construction workers scattered. The unfortunate construction worker was working on a sea wall when the crane fell, killing him instantly, though he tried to scramble out from under the falling machinery. The crane also struck the roof of the home of a retired doctor next door as it fell. Luckily, no one was injured inside. Neither the crane’s driver nor the boom operator were injured. The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration is investigating; both the crane operator and the boom operator, whose names have not been released, consented to a…
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