The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Fort Lauderdale police are investigating a Miller Construction Company construction site accident that killed one and injured two others on July 21. This accident is the sixth workplace fatality to occur in Broward County in seven weeks.
The accident happened on Andrews Avenue at the site of a future car dealership at around 8 a.m., and witnesses say a joist fell from a crane and sent three men off scaffolding and a ladder. A 29-year-old man died at Broward Medical Center, and a 24-year-old man and 44-year-old man were also hurt. One man suffered serious injuries while the other had a leg injury, but the police reported that both men are expected to recover fully.
A Miller spokesperson said that the company alerted the worker’s families and are working with investigators. Those involved in the construction industry said that the work is dangerous because people work fast to finish jobs and new people are hired without proper training.
Those hurt while on the job can file for workers’ compensation when construction accidents occur to receive funds to pay for medical expenses, but an injured person may want to consult with an attorney first because instances involving negligence might entitle a person to a lawsuit that seeks larger awards.
Several things could indicate negligence in a case like this. If the ladder, scaffolding, or joist was faulty, a manufacturer may be responsible. The employer might also be found liable if workers were on the job without the proper safety training. The company may also be responsible if they knew about a potential hazard and did nothing to fix it.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “ID released of man killed in Lauderdale construction accident“, Wayne K. Roustan and Mike Clary, July 21, 2014