Sergio Cruz San Diego: Ironworker Sergio Cruz From Tecate, Mexico Killed In UC San Diego Construction Accident After Rebar Wall Collapsed near Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (July 25, 2019) – A 32-year-old construction worker identified as Sergio Cruz was killed in a construction accident at UC San Diego that also injured four other people.
La Jolla police are saying that a 35-foot rebar wall collapsed and hit Sergio Cruz in the head. Four other workers were injured after being hit by the falling rebar.
Two of the patients had to be taken to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in order to receive treatment. Despite life-saving efforts Sergio Cruz later died due to his injuries.
All of the construction workers were building a high-rise on the campus. It’s going to be part of a mixed-use community called North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.
One worker who saw the accident said he believes that something may have hit the rebar causing it to fall. Cal/OSHA is currently investigating the UC San Diego construction accident that killed Sergio Cruz and injured several other workers.
Preventing 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.” There are four types of accidents in particular that account four nearly 60% of workplace fatalities:
- Struck by objects
The vast majority of accidents are completely preventable and due to safety violations. It’s important that construction companies follow OSHA guidelines and make sure that their employees get the right training. Accidents tend to spike when employees are inadequately trained. Heavy objects should also not be placed immediately above workers. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a construction accident.
Liability For Construction Accidents
Construction companies have a legal obligation to take steps to avoid accidents. Employees must be trained adequately and safety procedures must be followed. If a construction company violates safety rules they could be fined. Any worker that is injured can seek benefits 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.” This includes providing death benefits to the family of any worker that was killed in an accident.
What many workers don’t realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse. They may be entitled to additional compensation through a third party liability claim. In short, a third party claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. Construction sites are typically made up of a blend of different companies that must work together to accomplish the same goal. If a general contractor or subcontractor violated regulations they very well may be liable.
The family of any worker that died in a construction accident with falling rebar may be able to pursue justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants may include a victim’s parents, siblings, spouse and children. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, construction companies will often fight hard to deny liability after an accident. A premises liability attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know if there was third party negligence for your incident in particular.
Investigating A Construction Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extent our deepest condolences to the family of Sergio Cruz as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. It is our hope that all of the other construction workers are able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue their investigation. There needs to be safety measures put in place to prevent this from happening again.
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 and that companies are held accountable for their actions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just need more information about a particular incident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. Se Habla Español.