Jose Navarro Spring Valley: Ironworker Jose Arturo Navarro of Bakersfield Killed In Spring Valley Construction Accident At Monte Vista High School —> Support Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me
SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (October 10, 2019) – A 30-year-old iron-worker identified as Jose Arturo Navarro has tragically died in a construction accident after falling from a platform.
Spring Valley police are saying that the accident occurred at 2:00 p.m. at Monte Vista High School on Streetwater Springs Boulevard. There was a “topping out” ceremony being held for a new event center at the school when Jose Arturo Navarro.
Paramedics rushed to the scene of Monte Vista High School in order to help Jose Arturo Navarro. He was transferred to the Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa where he was later pronounced dead.
One other person was injured in the accident, but they have not been identified at this point. Cal/OSHA was called to the scene and will investigate.
Grief counselors are scheduled to arrive at Monte Vista High School in order to help students and staff that witnessed the fall. A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the victim’s family.
Liability In Construction Accidents
According to OSHA, “Out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2017, 971 or 20.7% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (59.9%) the construction worker deaths in 2017, BLS reports.” Construction falls are almost entirely preventable and there are a number of measures that can be implemented to help reduce the likelihood of falls including:
- Giving workers adequate training
- Providing workers with the right equipment. Workers who must perform their jobs on platforms higher than six feet should typically receive fall-arrest systems.
- Making sure that workers are communicating with one another
- Planning ahead and ensuring that safety procedures are being followed
When a construction worker is injured or killed in an accident they or their family will typically have legal recourse through the worker’s compensation system. 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.” Benefits from worker’s compensation may include:
- Medical care
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
What many workers and their families may not realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse after an accident. Depending on the facts of any case, the family of any deceased worker may be able to file a third party liability claim. A third party liability claim may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. For example, a general contractor could be liable for a worker falling if they failed to keep their premises in a reasonably safe manner.
The family of any worker that died in a construction accident may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can further help with lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Schools and general contractors will often fight hard to deny liability. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Spring Valley Construction Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jose Arturo Navarro. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to Spring Valley police department and OSHA as they continue their investigation. Worker safety should always be the number one priority for every construction company. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a construction accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation to get to the bottom of what happened we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.