Construction worker pinned between boom lift and bridge

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development stated they would investigate an accident concerning a construction worker who died at an Interstate 40 worksite.

The accident occurred in January at around 9:30 a.m. The 40-year-old worker was reportedly pinned between the underside of the bridge and a boom lift machine. While medical personnel provided assistance at the scene of the accident, the worker was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Without further information we cannot know why this accident occurred. However, construction workers are engaged in tasks that others are often unwilling or unable to perform. We owe a duty to keep construction workers safe by implementing safe working conditions and providing equipment that operates properly.

Work-related accidents can occur on almost any job. Even so, construction workers are particularly prone to accidents and injuries. Construction workers are also exposed to a number of dangers beyond their control.

Whether a worker is injured or dies due to a work-related accident, we still owe a duty to those individuals that are emotionally and financially dependent upon that person. Besides concerns about the worker, the family may also wonder how they will pay the bills. Workers' compensation attorneys can help victims and their families out when it comes to medical expenses and lost wages. Attorneys can also help clients look for other avenues of recovery as well.

Naturally there are other considerations for family members when trying to find out what happened. Discovering what did occur may prevent these types of accidents from happening in the future.

We cannot afford to allow employers to remain indifferent when it concerns worker safety.

Source: Jacksonsun.com, "Construction worker dies in 1-40 accident," Jan. 18, 2014

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