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FRESNO: Angel Rico Injured In Crane Accident At Central Valley Tank After Being Hit With 250lb Ball


Jun 30, 2019

Angel Rico Fresno Construction Accident: Angel Rico Injured In Fresno Crane Accident At Central Valley Tank After Being Hit With 250lb Ball —> Support The Victim Through Go Fund Me 

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (June 30, 2019) – A employee of Central Valley Tank identified as Angel Rico was critically injured in a Fresno crane accident on Monday. 

Fresno police are saying that a line on the crane snapped and sent a 250 lb ball down onto the back of his head. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. 

Angel Rico was rushed to the hospital and received treatment for a major brain injury. Gilbert Rico is the father of the victim and the one who helped get his son a job at Central Valley Tank.

Doctors told Angel Rico’s father that his hard hat likely saved his life. He is still suffering from memory loss after the crane accident. 

Family and friends are calling Angel Rico an incredible person who was passionate about helping his community. He is the worship leader at his church as well as a newly wed. 

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for Angel Rico and his wife as they are going through such a difficult time. 

Causes of Workplace Accidents / Preventing Crane Accidents

According to one report from OSHA, “Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” There are  four types of accidents in particular that constitute a plurality of workplace injuries and deaths. 

  • Falls
  • Struck by objects
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught-in or caught-between

Being hit by falling objects is actually extraordinarily common. This is why construction workers are required to wear hard hats. These hats can often mean the difference between life and death. There are a number of safety measures that can be used to help prevent crane accidents in particular including:

  • Checking crane controls to insure proper operation
  • Inspecting wire rope and chains for damage
  • Ensuring loads do not exceed carrying capacity
  • Checking the rigging to ensure stability

Crane accidents often leave victims with catastrophic injuries and high medical bills. Depending on the facts of any case,  there may be numerous sources of potential liability for a crane accident. 

Liability In Crane Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to make sure that their employees are in a reasonably safe environment. This includes making sure that heavy equipment like cranes are in working order.  Companies are supposed to provide benefits to workers that are injured. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” 

What many worker’s and their families don’t realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse. If a company or entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident they could be held liable through a civil claim. For example, if a crane was defective and malfunctioned thereby causing an accident the manufacturer of the crane could be held responsible through a product liability claim. Victims of head injuries from a construction accident may not even realize the full extent of their injury until months or years later.

Any person that was injured in a crane accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In fact, the life-time costs associated with treating a brain injury can easily exceed $500,000. The smart thing to do after an accident is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney and have them investigate your case free of cost. They can let you know if there is potential third party negligence in an accident. 

Getting Help After A Crane Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Angel Rico and his family as he continues to recover. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up to help them during this difficult time.There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for everyone’s sake. It’s important that steps are taken to prevent other worker’s from being injured in a similar way. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a construction accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can take steps to help ensure that you get all of the medical and financial support that you need to fully recover. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you.  You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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