A fatal work accident in Southern California highlights the risks construction
workers can face. A worker was killed while working on a railroad bridge
demolition project on Highway 91. Investigators are still trying to determine
the cause of the accident but they have released some details regarding
The Pachappa Railroad Overcrossing was being demolished by a construction
crew and workers were removing the bridge. As part of the demolition process,
the construction worker was strapped to the bridge as it was being taken
down. While the bridge was coming down, a strap came loose and the worker
was thrown from the bridge to the ground. Unfortunately, the worker died
from his injuries.
Officials are still investigating the fatal accident to determine what
caused the worker to be thrown to the ground and how the accident could
have been prevented. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration
will likely investigate the fatal construction accident to determine the
cause and to see if any safety violations and hazards contributed to the fatality.
After a worker in California is killed on-the-job, the victim's family
can file a workers' compensation claim to receive compensation and
benefits to help pay for funeral expenses and lost wages. Many victims'
families may know about the importance of filing a workers' compensation
claim after a fatal accident. However, families should also look into
taking legal action against any third-parties that may also be involved
in the accident.
Families may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a third-party
for their role in the fatal accident. Wrongful death lawsuits can result
in additional compensation for families to help pay for expenses and loss
of income after their loved one has passed away.
Source: The Press Enterprise, "RIVERSIDE: Caltrans probing cause of fatal bridge collapse over Hwy. 91," Richard Brooks, May 18, 2014