The family of an immigrant worker has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against his employer after the employee died in a trench collapse. The employee had apparently not been supplied with a helmet, escape ladder, or shoring to the inside of the trench that may have prevented the collapse from ever taking place.
Sometimes it takes an unforgettable image to properly convey the importance of worker safety to the public. Black and white photographs of children in sweatshops helped to inspire child labor laws during the industrial revolution. And images of beam walkers perched high atop skyscrapers under construction heightened the American public's awareness of construction industry dangers possibly for the first time.
A recent crane accident in New York illustrates the inherent dangers construction workers face every day in the workplace. The fatal accident occurred when a 35-ton crane tipped onto its side in the Genesee River gorge, pinning the operator underneath.
While fatal construction accidents in New York City are fairly common, rarely do they result in criminal charges against the responsible parties. However, the horrific consequences of a construction error at the Deutsche Bank building prompted prosecutors to seek criminal convictions against three construction supervisors.
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.
For most people, $1,141,734 seems like an unimaginable amount of money. Unfortunately, construction worker Jose Rivera didn't win the lottery - far from it, in fact.