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Florida construction site injury claims life, injures another

Thinking about the hazards that construction workers may face on a daily basis is staggering. This line of work is naturally dangerous, with all of the heavy machinery, heights and other dangerous factors involved. It could be easy for a worker to be involved in a workplace accident, whether or not that accident was on their behalf of not.

A recent story started with Florida construction workers loading supplies into a third-story window on a construction site. The workers were using a crate as a platform, three stories up, when the platform tipped, taking them down with it. The press has described the young man's death, and the other man's injuries, as very preventable. Florida has the second highest mortality rate across the country for workplace accidents.

In addition, workplace falls are a leading cause of death, claiming responsibility for 350 of the 937 workplace accident deaths last year. It is unknown at this time if the men were wearing harnesses. The crate was perched atop a hydraulic lift. It is unknown if a machine malfunction contributed to the incident that led to the fall. Serious injuries were sustained by the man who was lucky enough to escape with his life.

Lost wages can be a concern for workers and their families. It can be difficult to continue enjoying the same quality of life following a workplace accident. Workers' compensation and potentially a claim for wrongful death on behalf of the employer or a related third-party are possibilities that may lead to alleviating the burden brought on by lost wages.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Jacksonville police: One dead, one hospitalized after industrial fall at construction site," Garret Pelican, May 11, 2017

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