SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA (September 19, 2018)
A 59-year-old construction worker identified as San Juan Landaverde-Olvera was tragically killed in an accident as he was working at a residential housing project.
San Rafael police are saying that the fatal construction accident took place around 8:55 a.m. by Fair Drive.
The victim was seated on a pile of lumber boards that were next to a stack of plywood boards.
For reasons that remain under investigation, the plywood boards that were lined up shifted and fell over.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene of the accident but found San Juan Landaverde-Olvera unresponsive and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Local authorities and CAL/OSHA are investigating the accident.
Construction Site Hazards and Safety Precautions
Despite advances in technology and safety precautions, construction sites can still be very dangerous places to work. In fact, construction site accidents account for a disproportionate number of workplace injuries and fatalities every year. Within the construction industry there are 4 types of accidents in particular that account for nearly 64% of accidents. OSHA has labeled these accidents the “fatal four.”
Falls: Falls make up the plurality of accidents at construction sites. Nearly 39% of all construction accidents involve workers that fall. OSHA recommends that workers be given personal fall arrest systems when they are working on elevated platforms. Guardrails and safety nets can also prevent falls or catch workers if they do fall.
Struck By Objects: Getting hit by a falling object often proves to be fatal for workers. Those that survive can be left with devastating spinal and brain injuries. Materials should be stacked in a way that prevents them from tipping over. Likewise, workers should be provided with helmets and eye protection.
Electrocutions: Construction workers can be seriously injured or killed by faulty wiring, power lines or inadequate ground-fault protection. Extension cords can also become a potential hazard. Safety precautions like insulation, guarding, grounding and electrical protective devices can all go a long way to help keep workers safe.
Caught-in/between: Being crushed in between two objects is a real danger for workers. These accidents often take place when drivers accidentally pin workers with trucks or forklifts. Heavy machinery also has the potential to crush workers when safety procedures are not being followed. In order to help reduce these types of accidents, there should be adequate communication between workers.
Construction workers can be left with debilitating injuries and high medical bills after an accident. However, there are a number of laws designed to protect workers rights and their livelihood in the event of an accident.
Liability In Construction Accidents
When a worker is injured in a construction accident they will typically be able to file a worker’s compensation claim in order to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Workers are barred from bringing a suit directly against their employer – with limited exceptions. But an injured worker may have the ability to file a third party liability claim in addition to a worker’s compensation claim. A third party claim may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to the accident.
With respect to construction sites, there are usually multiple companies that have to work together in order to accomplish the same goals. Lack of proper equipment inspections and safety precautions may impose liability on business owners and general contractors in the event of an accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know if you may be able to file a personal injury claim in addition to worker’s compensation.
Getting Help After A Construction Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of San Juan Landaverde-Olvera. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. OSHA has safety guidelines specifically for how objects should be stacked to prevent them from tipping over. Were those regulations followed and if they weren’t who was responsible for that? There needs to be accountability in the aftermath of what happened. For far too long, construction companies have been taking steps to ramp up worker productivity while simultaneously skipping out on safety measures that help keep workers alive.
If someone that you love has died due to dangerous working conditions at a construction site you may have legal recourse. The construction accident attorneys at our firm will fight hard to get the justice and support the you deserve. We have over 40 years of collective experience and have a proven track record of success. Whether you have questions about your rights or need help getting a police report after an accident we’re here for you (888) 888-9285.
United States Department of Labor. Commonly Used Statistics. 2018
United States Department of Labor. Worker Safety Series Construction. 2018
Kristina Houck. Worker Killed In Construction Accident In San Rafael Identified. 2018