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 of one of its workers, the company needs to be held accountable.
Often, a qualified and experienced attorney can help construction accident victims and their families bring the negligent employers responsible for their pain and suffering to justice through a civil lawsuit. In addition to holding negligent employers accountable in a court of law, a civil suit can provide victims and their families with the money they need for damages, including hospital bills and living expenses.
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The injury lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson assist construction accident victims and their families. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Did You Know: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, at 54.2 percent, over half of construction worker deaths in 2012 were the result of the fatal four: falls, struck by object, electrocutions and caught-in/between.
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