Construction Worker Injured In Accident At La Jolla High Rise Apartment and Lowered 20 Stories With Crane
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (September 26, 2018) A construction worker was injured in an accident at a high-rise apartment building and had to be lowered out of the building with a crane.
San Diego police are still unsure about the extent of the construction worker’s injuries. The accident appears to have taken place of the 20th floor of the apartment building located at 8800 Lombard Place.
Fire department officials waited outside the building to care for the man after he was lowered from the crane. The victim was conscious and alert as he was being taken to the hospital.
It has been estimated that the high-rise apartment building will cost $200 million and be completed in 2019. The construction accident happened on Friday and remains under investigation.
Construction Site Hazards
The construction industry can be very dangerous when the proper safety protocols are not being followed. OSHA has identified a number of potential hazards that building owners and general contractors should keep in mind:
Scaffolding: An estimated 2.3 million construction workers use scaffolds every year. OSHA has estimated that adequate fall protection gear would prevent around 4,500 accidents and 50 fatalities annually.
Fall Protection: Construction workers are regularly required to work on elevated platforms including roofs, steel beams and ladders. Guardrails and safety nets are an additional measure that can be used to protect workers.
Excavations: Trench collapses kill dozens of workers every year. In order to ensure worker safety OSHA has said that trenches should have a height to depth ratio no greater than 11 2 :1.
Ladders: Falls from ladders can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Ladders should properly be secured at the base in order to prevent them from falling out beneath workers.
Head Protection: Falling objects represent a continuous hazard at many construction sites. Adequate head protection gear can save workers from serious injury.
Electrical: Live electrical wires can be deceptively dangerous. They can be as thin as thread, but pack enough energy to kill. Working on live wires is prohibited. All power should be shut off in a given area before the wires can be worked on.
Construction accidents often leave workers with high medical bills and very serious injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, an injured worker may be able to pursue multiple routes in order to be compensated for their injuries.
Liability In Construction Accidents
An injured construction worker should seek immediate medical attention after an accident and report their accident to a construction site manager. In most circumstances, a worker that is injured on the job will have the ability to file a worker’s compensation claim in order to get help with medical bills and lost wages. However, if a company separate from a workers employer was responsible for the accident that may allow an injured worker to file a personal injury claim in addition to their workers compensation claim.
For example, business owners and general contractors have a responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe. Steps should be taken to remove known hazards and foreseeable sources of harm. This could potentially include gas leaks which could trigger an explosion and seriously injure workers. A premises liability attorney can carefully examine the facts of your case and take steps to help preserve your rights after an accident.
Getting Help After A Construction Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the construction worker that was injured at this high-rise apartment building in La Jolla. We sincerely hope that the building owner and general contractors responsible for the site will take steps to improve safety at this location. Worker safety should be extremely important for every company. But far too often this is not the case.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a construction accident you may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you. We’ve recovered over 1 billion dollars for our clients and will fight hard to get you the most compensation possible after an accident. 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.
FindLaw Staff. Construction Injury Overview. 2018
OSHA. Construction. 2019
Mark Saunders. Construction worker lowered 20 stories with crane after injury at La Jolla high-rise. September 21, 2018