Oscar Ramos Oxnard: Construction Worker Identified As Oscar Zuniga Ramos From Palmdale Killed In Crane Collapse Accident At Building Site On Camino Del Sol
OXNARD, CALIFORNIA (April 12, 2019) – 53-year-old construction worker identified as Oscar Zuniga Ramos tragically died in crane collapse accident at industrial business park located between Rice Avenue and Del Norte Avenue.
Oxnard police are saying that the crane was carrying a concrete wall when it suddenly collapsed around 1:42 p.m. on Thursday. Oscar Zuniga Ramos was hit and seriously injured by the falling concrete wall and a second worker sustained injuries to his hands.
Oscar Zuniga Ramos worked for Calabasas-based Gluck Building Co. Despite life-saving efforts the victim was later pronounced dead due to his injuries. Mental health counselors were also dispatched to the scene in order to assist the other employees.
Cal/ OSHA arrived at the scene and are conducting an investigation in order to determine the cause of the crane accident that killed Oscar Ramos.
Causes of Crane Collapse Accidents
Based on research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 50 people are killed and 100 people are seriously injured every year in crane accidents. Larger cities like New York and Chicago require crane operator certification. But the vast majority of cities and states do not require that crane operators are certified. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that crane accidents take place:
- Crane buckling or collapsing: Cranes are designed to carry enormous amounts of weight. If the weight limit for the load is exceeded this could cause the crane to experience catastrophic failure.
- Improper Crane Assembly: When a crane is not assembled properly this could cause a load to shift and lead to failure.
- Mechanical failure: If a crane is not properly maintained, they can experience mechanical failure. For example, if the wood or metal blocking supports are not in their proper place this can put stress on the machine and lead to collapse.
- Contact with electrical wires: Electrocution can occur if a crane comes into contact with power lines. Even if a worker is not directly electrocuted, the charge from the lines can fry the crane’s circuit board and lead to collapse.
Companies that want to keep their workers and the public safe should do everything in their power to comply with OSHA guidelines. Cranes should be regularly inspected and crane operators should be aware of the crane’s weight limits. When a construction worker is injured or killed in a crane accident, they or their family may have legal recourse.
Liability In Crane Accidents
When a construction worker is injured or killed on the job they or their family are protected through worker’s compensation. This may include death benefits. According to the Department of Industrial Relations, “Death benefits are payments to a spouse, children or other dependents if an employee dies from a work-related injury or illness. This includes reasonable burial expenses, not exceeding $5,000 for injuries before Jan. 1, 2013 and $10,000 for injuries on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The amount of the death benefit depends on the number of total and/or partial dependents.” In addition to worker’s compensation, the family of a deceased worker may be able to seek justice through a third-party liability claim.
Worker’s are barred by statute from bringing claims directly against their employer. However, if a company separate from a worker’s employer caused a construction accident they could potentially face civil liability. For example, if a company performed inadequate maintenance on a crane thereby causing it to collapse they could be held liable. A crane manufacturer may face civil liability for a crane accident caused by a design defect. A number of accidents take place when a crane’s counterweights are incorrectly positioned.
The family of a deceased worker can bring a civil claim through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages may include additional compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of love and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if there is potential third party negligence in an accident. An attorney can also take steps to preserved evidence and make sure that your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Crane Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Oscar Zuniga Ramos. We wish a speedy recovery for the second worker that was injured by the collapsing crane. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all affected. Steps need to be taken to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. So many crane accidents are completely preventable when the right safety precautions are taken.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a construction accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can answer any legal questions that you may have. We can investigate all aspects of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. We care deeply about fighting for accident victims and working to make our communities safer. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about a specific incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.