There are many inherent hazards and potential dangers associated with work in the construction industry. In California and beyond, construction workers' accidents sometimes result in catastrophic injury or even death to employees. Such accidents have serious impact on all involved, including other workers, their families, communities and employers.
Employers are obligated to provide safe working environments for their employees. They must also make sure that all workers have been properly trained for their positions in the workplace. In circumstances where an employer is deemed negligent, an injured worker may choose to pursue legal action in order to seek accountability against those believed to be responsible for an injury.
A recent tragedy occurred in a Ford assembly plant in Chicago. A certain area of the plant was apparently under construction at the time. An 8-foot wall reportedly collapsed on a worker, killing the 45-year-old man. His 48-year-old colleague tried to help and suffered critical injuries in the process. That man was taken to an area hospital for emergency care.
Ford employers have issued a public statement of condolence to the families of those involved in the recent tragedy. They stated that they are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation into the incident. Construction workers' accidents like this one tend to leave entire communities grief-stricken. Surviving immediate family members of victims killed in such accidents in California can seek legal guidance in the matter with regard to filing for benefits or seeking compensation for damages in a civil court if a situation warrants such action.
Source: wgntv.com, "1 worker dead, 1 injured in accident at Chicago's Ford plant", Jan. 2, 2016