A 67-year-old construction worker was killed instantly in an accident involving a concrete pump, Miami’s CBS 4 reported April 27. The unnamed man was apparently working on the ground early on Monday on a new mixed-use development in Kendall, across from the Dadeland Mall. The telescoping arm attached to a concrete pump truck somehow detached from the truck and fell on him. He was killed instantly, according to the article. A supervisor at the concrete company, C&C Concrete, said he was not sure what went wrong, but Miami-Dade police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will both investigate.
I’m sad to say that this is the second South Florida construction accident I have read about in a week. The week before, a Broward County worker died when a dump truck driver backed over him as he removed cones from the highway where he was working. As I wrote then, construction work has one of the highest injury and fatality rates of any occupational category, according to the federal Department of Labor Statistics. And despite the many safety rules construction sites must follow, being struck by a heavy object is the second most common fatal construction accident, after falls from a height. Other major killers at construction sites include electrocution and accidents with heavy equipment.
Under federal law and many state laws, construction companies must follow basic workplace safety rules to prevent these serious accidents. But some companies and workers choose not to follow these laws, simply because not doing so is cheaper. In making that choice, these companies are consciously and explicitly putting their profits ahead of worker safety. If this failure to follow the rules later results in a serious accident, the hurt workers or their loved ones have the right to hold that company legally and financially responsible for the results of its choice. A Pembroke Pines construction accident lawsuit can help them recover compensation for their injuries or the loss of a loved one, as well as for pain, suffering and the costs of medical care and lost wages caused by the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a Florida construction accident, you should speak to our firm, Cohn, Smith & Cohn, as soon as possible. Our Weston construction accident attorneys have more than 25 years of experience representing victims of very serious injuries at construction sites and due to work-related car and truck accidents. Even if you are collecting workers’ compensation, we may be able to help. To learn more at a free, confidential consultation, please contact our firm online or call us today at (954) 431-8100.