7 Workers Injured in Downtown Los Angeles Construction AccidentBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 11, 2015 | In Workers Compensation News
Seven workers were hurt in a Los Angeles construction accident when a section of the floor they were working on collapsed. According to an LA Downtown News report, the construction accident occurred at the South Park housing project in Downtown Los Angeles. Officials say a section of the second floor that was about 30-by-20 foot in size collapsed sending workers tumbling to the first floor. Of the injured workers, one required wrist surgery and six others were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the accident or when the workers will be physical able to continue work.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident. The outcome of that investigation will determine when construction will recommence at the worksite and what steps will be taken to prevent this type of accident from happening again. At this time, they have not reported if the workers were provided adequate protections or if the building was properly inspected before so many workers were put in harm’s way.
Construction work is physically demanding and it is often quite dangerous. According to the OSHA, about 20.2 percent of the 4,101 worker fatalities that occurred in the year 2013 were in the construction industry. That means about one in five work-related deaths that year occurred in construction. Over half of those construction deaths involved a fall, a worker being struck by an object, electrocution, or a worker being caught in or between objects.
When a construction worker survives an accident but suffers an injury, it is crucial that he or she receives the treatment and support necessary for a full recovery. If you have been hurt, make sure you notify management right away, ask about where you should go for treatment, and seek out medical attention as soon as possible. Once you have received the care you need, it is crucial that you research your legal rights and options.
Injured construction workers have the right to pursue financial compensation for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. In cases involving negligence, it may also be possible to receive support by filing a claim against the at-fault third party. An experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney can help injured workers better understand their legal rights and options in such circumstances.