Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. They host powerful large-scale equipment; a variety of tools that pierce and cut; and some very heavy materials that must be moved or manipulated. With all of these perilous conditions, it is paramount for construction firms to provide a safe environment for their workers. Providing a safe atmosphere can curb workplace accidents.
Though it is not yet clear, unsafe conditions could have led to a fatal workplace accident in Lancaster, Ohio. A 28-year-old mechanic was working late at a construction site for Toxco Inc., a company that recycles batteries and is in the process of expanding its facilities. An employee for the company heard a noise coming from the construction site and when he investigated the matter, he found the 28-year-old crushed under a piece of equipment.
Details on the incident were not readily available, but the young man died from the injuries he sustained.
There are a host of different reasons why such a tragic workplace accident could have occurred. The 28-year-old could have been working with a faulty piece of machinery that toppled on top of him. A fallen metal beam could have struck the man, leaving him helpless to escape the predicament. Should it be found that the 28-year-old was working in unsafe conditions, the construction site managers could be held liable for wrongful death.
Employees should be able to enter their workplace knowing that all safety protocols are being obeyed and that the physical standards of where they work are up to code. If an injury occurs on company property and the premises is deemed unsafe, the victim is entitled to fair compensation. Loss of income, wrongful death and negligence can are all possible courses of legal action when a workplace accident victimizes an employee.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, "Worker killed at Lancaster construction site," Mary Beth Lane, Jan. 11, 2012