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UPDATE: West Coast Iron Construction Accident Killed Man After He Was Hit By Metal Beam That Fell Off Truck At The Spring Valley Metal Fabrication Yard


Oct 8, 2018

Construction Worker Died In West Coast Iron Accident After Being Hit In The Head By Falling Iron Beam At The Metal Fabrication Yard In Spring Valley

 SPRING VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) A construction worker died in a fatal accident at West Coast Iron after he was hit in the head by a large metal beam that fell off of a truck at the Spring Valley Metal Fabrication yard.

Spring Valley police responded to the scene of the metal fabrication yard accident around 10:30 a.m. West Coast Iron is located on the 9300 block of Jamacha Road.

There is no word yet on how the metal beam fell off of the truck. Emergency medical responders rushed to the scene in order to treat the man for his injuries. Unfortunately, he later died at the hospital.

The identity of the worker that died after he was hit by the falling beam remains unknown at this time.  

Cal/OSHA is conducting an investigation of the construction accident in order to determine if there were any safety violations at  West Coast Iron. A full report about what happened will take around 6 months.

Preventing Construction Accidents

Construction workers are killed or seriously injured every year in accidents. Falls from high places or being struck by falling objects remains the leading cause of death and injury for workers. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, there are five important steps that you can take in order to better protect yourself at construction sites. These will include:

  • Follow the safety program that has been laid out by your company. In every industry, there are different safety procedures that should be followed. Become intimately familiar with them and participate in all of the required training.

  • Be knowledgeable about the safety alerts and signal words at your worksite. If you’re uncertain of something be sure to ask your supervisor.

  • Protect yourself by wearing all of the necessary safety equipment. This will typically include boots, safety glasses and hard hats to prevent head injuries. Workers that must perform their duties on elevated platforms should typically wear fall protection systems. If a worker falls this can catch them and prevent serious injury.

  • Learn all of the relevant rules regarding equipment use and maintenance. Check with the safety coordinator about all the rules you will be expected to follow.

  • It is important to understand the hazards of the equipment you are using. If you are using heavy machinery take the time to read the manual.

Construction accidents can leave workers with trauma including brain injuries that can last a lifetime. It’s always a good idea to seek the professional advice of an experienced personal injury attorney after an accident. They can take steps to get you compensation for your injuries.

Liability After Construction Accidents

When a worker is injured or killed in California there is a good chance they or their family will be able to receive workers compensation. California is a no-fault state when it comes to workers compensation. In addition to workers compensation an injured worker may be able to file a third party negligence claim. Workers are barred by statute from suing their employers. However, when an entity separate from a workers employer is responsible for the accident that company may face liability.   

Cal/OSHA will typically conduct a thorough investigation after a workplace accident and determine if any safety violations have been made. Property owners at a worksite may be liable for those lapses in safety. Construction sites are usually made up of a blend of different companies that must work together to complete a common goal. Victims may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After A Construction Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of the worker that was Killed at West Coast Iron. It is our sincere hope that steps will be taken to make this metal fabrication yard safer in the future. We encourage anyone that may have seen what happened to reach out to investigators in Spring Valley for the sake of all of those that have been affected. There needs to be accountability for what has happened.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed after being hit in the head by falling objects you may have legal recourse. There are laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers have the resources and patience to conduct a thorough investigation into your case. We will leave no stone unturned and do everything in our power to make sure you are taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel after an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at  (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. California News Wire Services. Metal Worker Killed By Falling Iron Beam In East County.  October 3, 2018.
  2. David Landers. Construction Worker Injuries and Your Legal Options. 2018
  3. ISHN. Best practices to prevent construction accidents. July 13, 2018

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