Working in construction carries with it some risk in California. Still, when construction workers report for work they trust that precautions have been taken to try to ensure their safety. A worker in a concrete storm drain was the tragic victim of a recent workplace accident.
Two men were working on a concrete drain pipe when the trench containing the pipe collapsed on top of them. One of the men was crushed in the collapse. The trench was about 12 feet deep. The men were on their way out of the trench when the accident occurred.
The incident happened in Daly City around 11:30 on a recent morning. An area fire crew was called in to attempt to rescue the man but it was soon apparent that they were actually performing a recovery. Because of the instability of the trench, special stabilizing equipment was needed to carry out the recovery effort. The cause of the accident is still under investigation and Cal/OSHA is investigating.
When a person's life is lost in a tragic workplace accident in California there are bound to be numerous questions from family and loved ones. While the initial reaction may be one of extreme shock and grief, those feelings will eventually give way to the desire to understand how the workplace accident happened. A person in California who may have lost a loved one in a similar situation could possibly benefit from seeking the counsel of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can advise the family on what their rights are under the law.