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FREMONT: Queens Land Builder Construction Accident Leaves Three Workers Injured When Rebar Tower Collapsed and Fell


Oct 18, 2018

Queens Land Builder Accident At Fremont Construction Site Seriously Injured Three Workers After Rebar Tower Collapsed And Fell On Them

 FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (October 18, 2018) Three construction workers for  Queens Land Builder had to be taken to a trauma center following an accident where a 1000 lb rebar tower collapsed on them.

The men that were injured were attempting to bind the rebar together at the time that it collapsed on top of them. One worker suffered injuries to his chest and stomach. The other two workers appear to have sustained injuries to their legs.

Coworkers rushed over to the injured men after 1000 lbs of rebar fell directly on top of them. First responders rushed to the scene in order to aid the construction workers.

One was listed in critical condition while the other two suffered moderate injuries.   Frank Polizzi, a Cal/OSHA spokesman, said that the accident would be investigated. “We’ll look into what occurred and how the incident took place and if there were any violations of those regulations on safe work practices,” said Polizzi

This is the second time in the last 5 years that there has been an accident involving Queens Land Builder. CAl/OSHA is currently investigating another accident after a worker fell from another Fremont construction site.

Work on the retail space where the rebar collapsed began in May of 2017. Work at the site stopped for the day and a number of Queens Land Builder employees were sent home.

Structural Integrity and Failure

When work on a construction site begins, engineers work hard to determine how much weight a structure can hold before it becomes unstable and breaks. A building’s structural integrity is the amount of force that it can support in order to prevent a collapse. A collapse may occur for any number of different reasons. Here are just a few of the types of failures that can occur:

  • A structure may collapse because it’s support load exceeds its critical stress level. Simply put, an object or set of objects are too heavy for a structure to hold up.

  • Catastrophic failures may also occur when a structure’s integrity becomes compromised due to corrosion or fatigue. This can be caused due to faulty design or properties of the construction materials. Stress points grow over time until a critical level is reached and a collapse occurs.

  • Another type of failure stems from manufacturing errors. When materials are poorly made or incorrectly size a catastrophic failure can occur at any time.

Construction site accidents can cause workers to be seriously injured. Amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones are not uncommon. Depending on the facts of any case, an injured construction worker may have multiple routes to get aid after an accident.

Third Party Liability In Construction Site Accidents

Construction workers who are injured on the job in California are normally protected by workers compensation insurance. An injured worker will need to do three things in order to file a claim. (1) A worker should report the injury first. (2) They should then file a claim with their employer. (3) Finally, a worker should file a “application for adjudication of claim” with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Make sure that the doctor you see knows that your injury is job related. In addition to worker’s compensation, an injured worker may be able to file a third party liability claim to seek additional compensation.

Workers are barred by statute from bringing a claim directly against their employer. But when a third party separate from a worker’s employer is responsible for an accident they may face civil liability. Third party liability in construction sites could arise in a number of different forms including:

  • The use of poor material that may contribute to a collapse

  • Failing to warn workers of a dangerous condition created by the property owner

  • Collapsed walls or structures that were assembled by different subcontractors

Construction sites are often a large blend of different contractors and subcontractors that must work together. An injured worker should always seek the advice of an experienced attorney to check for the possibility of third party negligence. This is all the more important for workers that sustain catastrophic injuries. Worker’s compensation often doesn’t cover the cutting edge medical treatments that can help accident victims fully recover. There is a statute of limitations on your ability to file a workers compensation claim and personal injury claim. It’s always a good idea to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Getting Help From A Construction Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the Queens Land Builder construction workers that were injured in this accident. This isn’t the first time a worker for Queens Land Builder has been injured on the job. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened and steps should be taken to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Worker safety should never take a back seat to profits.

Have you or someone that you love been injured in a Fremont construction accident. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys are here to make sure you are taken care of. We are proud to have recovered over 1 billion for our clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. Call us today for a risk free consultation  (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Matt Keller. 3 injured, 1 critically after 20 foot rebar tower falls in Fremont. 2018

  2. Structural Integrity Monitoring By R.A. Collacott — Chapman and Hall 1985 pp. 1-5

  3. Bethany K. Laurence. How and When to File a Workers Compensation Claim in California. 2018

  4. Bruns/Jain. 3rd Party Liability In Construction Injuries. 2018.

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