Construction accident kills California worker

Construction accident kills California worker

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 fatal construction accident.

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

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