This is the time of year when families should be spending quality time together; unfortunately, several families have lost a beloved family member in December construction accidents.
Scaffolding Collapse Kills 61-year-old Mason
A Michigan man's life was cut short when scaffolding collapsed and fell on him. The scaffolding accident occurred at Pellston Regional Airport. The man was a husband, father-of-three, and a Vietnam Veteran. It's especially tragic that he was about to enter his "golden years" and enjoy the company of his sons and grandchildren.
The accident is currently under investigation, but there is usually a failure to follow a safety precaution when such a devastating accident occurs; scaffolding shouldn't unexpectedly collapse and place workers in danger.
Construction Worker Dies in Trench Collapse
A horrific situation recently occurred when a trench collapsed in Pennsylvania, burying two construction workers. The injuries were serious, as the men were buried in heavy rocks, soil and rubble. A 20-year-old construction worker didn't survive the trench collapse; he is survived by a pregnant fiancé.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating into what caused the trench to collapse. Officials believe that the investigation will be a lengthy process as they try to determine why this tragedy happened and how it could have been avoided.
After a Fatal Construction Accident in New York
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is an unimaginably painful experience. The grieving process is long and difficult and survivors need the support of family and friends to get through it. The last thing any grieving survivors should have to worry about is the legal recourse they are entitled to through losing their loved one.
In New York, an experienced personal injury attorney can handle the investigation and legal implications of an accident so that the family can concentrate on healing. A skilled lawyer will focus not only on workers' compensation death benefits but will do a thorough investigation to examine whether the employer or a third-party can be held liable for wrongful death.
Sources: 9and10news.com, York Daily Record