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SANTA BARBARA: Santiago Perez Killed In Construction Accident After Being Crushed By Large Steel Beam At Kenney Construction


Dec 5, 2018

Santiago Perez Construction Accident:  Santa Barbara Construction Worker Santiago Perez Jr Died In Accident After Getting Crushed By Steel Beam

 SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (December 5, 2018) A man who was tragically killed in an accident at a construction yard has been identified as Santiago Perez.

Santa Barbara police are saying that the worker was crushed to death by a steel beam at Kenney Construction which is located at 619 East Montecito Street.  

Investigators are saying that the 50 foot steel beam weighed over 3 tons. Kenney Construction works in residential, commercial and industrial foundations. Santiago Perez Jr. was the co-owner of Thomas Towing which is located in Santa Barbara.

There was an outpouring of grief on the company’s Facebook page. “RIP Santiago. Our family will miss you. Your smile and generous personality is a true loss. I’ll miss you on and off the baseball field. You had a way to make people smile, feel invited and always part of the group and were always the perfect gentleman and gave everyone respect. The world lost a good one way,way too soon. Our love and condolences to Mayra, Little Santi and Bella. We will keep you all in our hearts,” said Tom Demourkas.

There is a Go Fund Me page which has been set up to help the family. Cal/OSHA as well as the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s office are continuing their investigation.

Liability In Construction Accidents

Despite decades of improvements in safety regulations and training, construction sites remain very dangerous workplaces. This is true even when all of the proper safety protocols are in place. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four types of accidents in particular that account for the vast majority of workplace deaths and injuries.

  • Falls can leave workers with serious injuries and often result in deaths. Falls can be prevented with fall arrest systems and the use of scaffolds.

  • A number of workers are killed when they are struck by moving or falling objects. It’s so important that everyone at a construction site maintains situational awareness. High visibility clothing and open communication will eliminate most of these accidents.

  • Caught in between accidents take place when workers get trapped inside of trenches or other enclosed systems. These types of accidents can be largely prevented by making sure trenches are adequately supported and structurally sound.

  • Electrocutions can occur when workers or equipment comes into contact with power lines. Ground fault circuit interrupters are one of the main protections that can be used to prevent these accidents.

The family of a worker that dies while on the job will be able to file a workers compensation claim in order to ease some of their financial burden. But a third party negligence claim may also be possible if the worker died at another company’s property. Companies have a responsibility to make sure that their premises are maintained in a reasonably safe manner. But far too often this does not happen. A premises liability attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if there is potential third party negligence.

Getting Help After A Construction Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Santiago Perez as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for them. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that this does not take place again.

If someone that you love has died in a construction accident in Santa Barbara you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Our primary goal is to make sure that our clients are taken care of and that workplaces are made safer. Whether you need help investigating an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Tom Bolton. Man Crushed to Death by Steel Beam at Santa Barbara Construction Yard. December 5, 2018.

  2. OSHA. Top Four Construction Hazards. 2018

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