On July 21, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, a worker died in a Florida construction accident after a beam fell on top of him, striking him and two other workers. When responders arrived at the scene, the crews noted a collapse and found two patients who had been critically injured. According to a fellow construction worker, a connector came loose and popped. When the crane operator removed the weight from the connector, it collapsed and fell onto the workers.
The three Florida construction accident victims were transported to a nearby hospital where one was pronounced dead upon arrival. The other two workers remain at the facility where one has been listed as being in critical condition. In cases like these at construction sites, if one brace gives, there is a potential for additional braces to fall, and workers could be at risk for entire walls or structures crashing down. Officials continue to investigate the cause of the Florida construction accident and why the beam would have fallen on the workers. Miller Construction, the owner, released a statement in which the company reported that it would be launching its own investigation.
Causes of Construction Accidents
While the reason for the Florida construction accident is not yet known, common causes of construction accidents include defective products or a failure to follow proper safety protocol. Both of these factors place employees at risk for injury and death, and manufacturers and construction companies alike could be held responsible for any conditions or damages incurred by victims if it can be proven that their negligence directly caused the accident and subsequent injuries.
For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel from an attorney, as there may be more than one party liable for the accident. For instance, if a beam falls due to inadequate support or poorly designed braces, the manufacturer may be responsible. If during the same accident a worker was not wearing a hard hat as required by law, the construction company may be faulted for failing to take the proper steps to enforce safety measures.
Involved in a Florida Construction Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida construction accident, an attorney at Attorney Group can help you determine if you are eligible to seek damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Contact us today for a free, comprehensive case evaluation and to be connected with a local affiliated attorney who can help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. You may also be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one if he or she died in a construction accident that was caused by the fault or negligence of another.