Construction Accidents - When the Worker Becomes the Victim

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Accidents in a Hazardous Occupation

Working in the construction industry makes up one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States today. Each year produces thousands of accidents, injuries and fatalities. Factors that contribute to construction accidents include workers lifting loads with worn and defective cables, working considerable heights without fall protection or not using safety wearing safety harnesses and lanyards, or as in the story below, a simple mishap when moving material with a crane.

As construction contractors and employers do not readily accept responsibility for construction accidents, your best course of action is to seek the council of a qualified, experiences attorney such as Daniel A. Gibalevich.

Construction Accident “Down Under”

A Sydney, Australia construction worker narrowly avoided death on when a stack of concrete sheets hit him after falling two storeys.

Witnesses said the man was standing on a truck when a stack of concrete panels being carried by a crane dislodged on a construction site.

The man worked as a “dogman” on the site, a job that requires guiding a crane operator as he moves a load.

The crane swung into a metal loading platform which dislodged the concrete. The sheets were composed of Hebel, a type of aerated concrete which is about only a quarter of the weight of regular concrete.

“It fell about 12 meters,” said a worker on the Ultimo Road site, who did not want to be named. “It wasn’t restrained properly.”

Paramedics worked to free the man from rubble before he was taken to RPA Hospital with injuries understood to include a fractured vertebrae. He remains in a stable condition.

But questions are being raised about the how accident was allowed to happen.

A union official, Brian Parker, said he was concerned that rules demanding “exclusion zones” beneath cranes were not being enforced.

“There’s going to be further accidents and deaths,” he said.

The man’s employer, Cosmo Cranes, declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

It is the second industrial accident involving a crane in the area in the past year. Last year a crane at the UTS building on Broadway caught fire and collapsed.

A mishap at a building site can often result in serious injuries or death. Physical and emotional stress, not to mention the financial burden, also becomes factors when you or one of your family members is involved in a construction accident. The law offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich have successfully handled many of these cases in southern California and will provide you with the solutions you need to regain you lifestyle you had before your accident.

If you’ve been involved in a construction accident and you need the services of a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles please contact us at (323) 947-2224 or visit the Personal Injury section on our website at the DAG Law Firm. Call today and we will connect you with Daniel A. Gibalevich, an experienced, aggressive, affordable Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles. After you have spoken with our Los Angeles Personal Injury Law attorney, we can schedule you a free face to face appointment to discuss your circumstances. If you have questions or are considering any aspect of Personal Injury Law, we can help! Call us now at (323) 947-2224. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with any and all construction accident concerns.

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