A worker was killed at a construction project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 7, 2022. According to reports, a worker was in a bucket truck on the Parkway East when it was struck by a passing tractor trailer. The bucket that the worker was in was extended over the other lanes of traffic. The bottom of the bucket was struck, and the worker was ejected as a result. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as Derek Cronk of Bridgeport, Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this incident.
Tragically, there have been a number of recent deaths on construction projects. A 60-ton crane fell into a building under construction in downtown Oklahoma City on September 24, 2022. A worker was injured when scaffolding collapsed in Hollywood, California on September 26, 2022. A worker was killed at a construction project in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 28, 2022. A worker was killed at a construction project in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on September 29, 2022. A worker was killed at a construction project in Spring, Texas on October 5, 2022.
Despite being a vital part of the economy, construction projects often pose severe hazards both to construction workers and to the general public if precautions are not taken. Each construction project poses its own unique risks and hazards based on the work being done. Risks that may present themselves during a project must be carefully evaluated before the job begins.
OSHA has provided guidance as to how to minimize risks of falling from scaffolding. OSHA has published safety standards which can provide guidance to construction companies in how to safely work at heights. Statistics illustrate the high number of scaffolding accidents:
Although specific accident ratios cannot be projected for the estimated 3.6 million construction workers currently covered by subpart L, the Economic Analysis that accompanies this final rule estimates that, of the 510,500 injuries and illnesses that occur in the construction industry annually, 9,750 are related to scaffolds. In addition, of the estimated 924 occupational fatalities occurring annually, at least 79 are associated with work on scaffolds.
Our experienced lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds and have the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of an electrocution. The experienced construction personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident at a work site.
Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries on a job site as a result of the negligence of another party. There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.