Work is underway at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, which will be the new home of the 49ers for the 2014 football season. Sadly, a tragic death occurred this week, which is the second in four months to occur at the construction site.
The most recent accident occurred when a delivery truck driver was killed as a result of a piece of rebar falling on him. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, and construction was shut down for the remainder of the day as Cal-OSHA and the Santa Clara Police and Fire Departments were investigating. The last death at the stadium occurred in June when an elevator mechanic died after a counterweight hit him while he was standing on a ladder at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Construction was shut down for two days following that accident.
After the second death to occur in four months, questions are being asked about whether or not proper safety measures are being used. The stadium has a long way to go before construction is complete, and it is supposed to be ready by August 2014. The rush on the job could have led to a failure to implement all the necessary safety measures.
Although this accident was very tragic, it is also not uncommon. Each year, construction jobs are ranked among the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Thousands of construction workers are killed or injured each year. Approximately one out of every five workplace fatalities involves a construction worker.
Fortunately, our legal system offers compensation to those workers who are injured or killed on the job. Usually, the worker can’t sue his or her employer. Instead, compensation is usually awarded through the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation covers a weekly stipend and medical expenses in most cases, however, for many workers the compensation is simply not sufficient.
It can sometimes be difficult to sue an employer in California for an on-the-job accident, but in many cases third parties can be held legally responsible. There are several parties that could be liable for a construction accident. The manufacturers of equipment used in construction, such as bulldozers, forklifts, ladders and scaffolding could be held liable if the incident was attributable to a problem with the equipment. In some other situations, the general contractors, the owners, or the architects could be held legally responsible, especially if they failed to provide a safe work environment. It is critical that you talk to an attorney if you believe one of these situations applies to you.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that construction workers who are injured on the job have the right to see a fair amount of compensation. This could include compensation for medical expenses, loss of life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of companionship, wrongful death, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in the San Francisco – Oakland area, including Hayward, Tracy, Fairfield and Berkeley, call Micha Star Liberty, construction accident attorney, at 510-645-1000 or 415-896-1000. She will work hard on your case in order to get you a fair amount of compensation. Call today for a free consultation.