A lot of attention is typically given to providing safety equipment and training to construction workers in order to keep them safe. Unfortunately, there are instances when this same equipment can be a worker’s worst enemy. California construction workers may have heard about the recent tragedy at a stadium under construction in the Lone Star State. The construction accident killed one man and injured another.
A 55-year-old man and another worker were harnessed to a boom while working on the construction of a bridge. The bridge is being built to provide pedestrians with a path over the Brazos River that will connect the campus to the new stadium. Somehow, the boom broke and plunged both men into the river. One of the men managed to break free from his harness and escape the freezing water.
The 55-year-old man was unable to free himself from his harness. It took divers nearly four hours to locate his body, which was still harnessed to the boom. Sadly, the very piece of equipment that was supposed to save the man’s life led to his demise. This is the second stadium construction accident to occur in Texas within the past year. In December, another construction worker fell to his death at a different stadium’s construction site.
Most California families of construction workers are aware of the potential dangers of their loved one’s jobs. When a worker dies in a construction accident, that person’s family not only loses a loved one, but also loses that loved one’s income. This victims family may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover funeral and burial expenses. In addition, a victim’s family ordinarily has the right to a compensation package to account for the loss of the deceased family member’s income. Knowledge of the workers’ compensation system could help to ensure that the deceased man’s family receives the maximum amount of benefits available to them.
Source: NBC Sports, One dead, one injured in accident at site of new Baylor stadium, John Taylor, Jan. 30, 2014