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Scaffolding accident claims life of worker who fell 36 feet

Many known hazards exist in the construction industry nationwide, including in California, and company owners must comply with federal safety regulations to prevent accidents in which workers are injured or killed. One of the areas in which workplace accidents is prevalent involves unsafe scaffolding structures. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into a scaffolding accident that claimed the life of a construction worker in another state.

The agency found that the worker fell 36 feet from a scaffold construction that was not properly secured. The deceased worker was reportedly not provided with a safety harness or any appropriate form of fall protection. Furthermore, OSHA found that the company had not established an effective communication program for emergency and hazardous situations.

The general contractor and a subcontractor were cited for several safety violations, including the absence of a training program to prepare workers for the hazards of scaffolds, forklifts and other common workplace hazards. OSHA ordered that the services of qualified people must be obtained to design safe scaffolding. Professionals must also ensure that modifications that are made to forklifts are safe.

When a loved one is killed in the line of work, the unexpectedness can be overwhelming for the surviving family members. Amidst the trauma, the high costs of end-of-life arrangements must be faced, and the sudden loss of income may affect the financial stability of the dependents. The California workers' compensation insurance program offers death benefits for covered families who have lost a loved one in a scaffolding accident -- or any other workplace accident. The survivor benefits typically comprise of coverage for a funeral and burial along with a level of compensation for lost wages.

Source: forconstructionpros.com, "Texas Construction Worker Dies After 36-ft. Fall", Oct. 1, 2015

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