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Company admits poor safety caused accident

Jobsite accidents can cause injuries that may be minor or result in serious life-long disabilities for workers. California law governing workplace safety provides clear direction to employers to provide adequate procedures and training to prevent construction injuries or other on-the-job accidents. The construction sector is among one of the more dangerous with its use of heavy machinery and heights.

A construction site accident at a marine transfer facility in New York illustrates these dangers all too well. While no serious injuries were reported, work on the site has been brought to a halt while an investigation is conducted. Additionally, the job site and construction company are receiving severe criticism from others who believe that its location next door to a summer camp that serves as many as 500 children per day is unacceptable.

The accident took place when a chisel broke loose and went through a window. The smashed glass caused cuts and bruises to one employee. The construction company issued a statement indicating that some of its workers deliberately did not follow the employer’s stated protocol. It was this lack of proper safety procedures that allegedly caused the incident. The employer has subsequently removed the employees involved from working on the job site permanently.

Depending upon the nature of the incident, a construction worker accident victim may wish to seek help to secure workers’ compensation or other forms of assistance. A consultation with an attorney may offer some insight as to how to best achieve this and provide for victims and their family members.

Source: CapitalNewYork.com, “Construction workers banned for Asphalt Green accident,” David Giambusso, July 11, 2014

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