Building sites nationwide, including California, pose an endless list of safety hazards, many of which are life-threatening. One of the primary causes of fatal construction workers accidents is workers falling from higher levels. The Center for Construction Research and Training recently reported concern over the number of lives lost in elevator-related accidents.
The report indicates that more than half of all construction fatalities followed elevator-related falls, and of those, almost half involved heights exceeding 30 feet. Most of the lives lost in these falls were among elevator installers and repairers. It was also noted that more than a third of the workers who suffered fatal injuries in elevator-related falls were under the age of 35.
Federal safety authorities, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have safety standards that require employers to protect their workers. Personal protective equipment such as fall arrest systems must be provided for all employees who work at heights. Also, safety training is essential, and this must include instruction in the correct use of fall protection gear.
Losing loved ones in construction workers accidents is naturally traumatic for the surviving family members. Along with their grief, they must cope with unanticipated expenses and a sudden loss of income. The California workers' compensation insurance system offers financial assistance to eligible family members. An attorney with experience in this field can assist with the death benefits claims process to obtain compensation to cover end-of-life expenses and a percentage of lost wages.