Mountain View Construction Accident Injured Framer After Fourth Story Fall From Building On Ferguson Drive
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2019) – A construction worker was injured in an accident after he fell from the roof of a fourth story building on Ferguson Drive.
Mountain View are saying that the construction worker was a framer. He fell approximately 10 feet and sustained injuries.
Paramedics rushed to the multi-story building under construction in order to help the victim. An investigation into the fall remains ongoing at this time.
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.”
By far, falls account for a disproportionate number of these accidents. Nearly 40% of all construction fatalities were caused by falls.There are a number of measures that can be put in place to help prevent workplace falls:
- Workers should receive adequate training
- Workers should be given fall-arrest systems
- Guardrails should be implemented to prevent falls
Any worker that is injured in California may be entitled to financial support through the workers 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.” If an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident they could be held liable through a civil claim. For example, if a general contractor failed to keep a construction site safe they could be held responsible.
Damages in a civil claim may include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. It’s important to have your injuries documented and to seek continued medical care. A construction accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can begin taking steps to make sure that your rights are being protected.
Getting Help After A Construction Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the construction worker that was injured in this accident. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to CAl/OSHA as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this.
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