Earlier this year, in March, a worker lost his life while working near the France Pavilion at the Epcot Center, located in the Walt Disney World Resort. Another construction workers accident, this time in California, claimed a second life on a Disney property on a recent Thursday. This time, the Anaheim paramedics that had to rush to Disneyland in response to a workplace accident.
Reportedly, the incident occurred early in the morning in an area where HVAC pipes were being installed. According to a Disneyland official, a temporary wall fell over, striking one of the construction workers on-site. The wall fell over after a large portion of HVAC pipe struck a supporting crossbeam. This happened while the pipe was suspended from a crane.
The worker suffered life-threatening crush injuries, and emergency services rushed him to an area hospital. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation to determine exactly what occurred and the level of compliance with safety regulations on the construction site. Violations will lead to citations and possible fines.
Regardless of the outcome of the Cal/OSHA investigation, the surviving family members of a victim of a fatal construction workers accident can go ahead and file a death benefits claim with the California workers’ compensation insurance program. Navigating this daunting process at such a challenging time might seem overwhelming, but help is available. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can provide valuable support and guidance throughout the process in pursuit of benefits to cover end-of-life costs and a wage-replacement package. This can help with day-to-day expenses and other financial obligations.