In July of last year, tragedy struck on the campus of Florida State University when a 25-year-old man was killed while working on a residential construction project. In January of this year, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the incident led to four Tallahassee construction companies receiving citations and fines.
At the time of the deadly construction accident, the 25-year-old man, who was employed by Miller’s Plumbing and Mechanical Inc., was working on a project at FSU involving a six-story residential property. Besides Miller’s Plumbing, other companies involved in the project included Benchmark Erectors Inc., Fleck Exterior Systems Inc. and Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
The 25-year-old worker was killed when a material/personnel elevator struck and crushed him. Following the tragedy, an OSHA investigation uncovered the fact that a window-frame opening in a building under construction was allowed to be left uncovered, which exposed employees to the hazard of being struck and crushed by the elevator carriage because it passed within inches of the opening.
OSHA cited the four companies for willful and serious violations for exposing workers to crushing hazards. The proposed penalties for the four companies’ violations totaled $149,800.
Does Workers’ Comp Always Help Construction Accident Victims and Their Families?
As construction accident lawyer Patrick S. Montoya explains in the video above, whether or not your construction accident is eligible for workers’ compensation depends on the laws in your state and what led to the incident in the first place. In some cases, such as when a work product malfunctions, your construction accident injury may fall under a personal injury claim instead of or in addition to a workers’ comp claim.
Did You Know? From 2002 to 2012, construction workers were the victims of 19.5 percent of all workplace deaths in the US, according to OSHA statistics.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Injury Attorneys