Construction workers are frequently required to work high above the ground. The scaffolds and ladders that are used to obtain the necessary elevation are the frequent cause of serious construction accidents. In a recent accident in Darien, Connecticut, a construction worker apparently fell from a scaffold and was killed by the injuries that he suffered.

According to news reports, emergency responders were called to the site at about 8:00 a.m. The first personnel who arrived on the scene provided emergency medical treatment to the victim, who had fallen about 20 feet to the ground. The worker was transferred by ambulance to Stamford Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries after arriving at the hospital. Investigators say that the man lost his footing on the scaffold for an unknown reason. The worker was doing “surface work” on the side of the building.

The worker’s family will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation survivors’ benefits from his employer, but early news reports did not identify the employer. The man may have been employed by the general contractor or by a subcontractor. Masonry and concrete subcontractors are frequently hired to provide a brick or poured concrete exterior to a building, but other firms are hired for more specialized work, and these parties may be liable to the worker’s family for negligence. For example, a subcontractor may have been hired to erect or inspect the scaffolding. That firm may be liable for negligently erecting the scaffolding or conducting a negligent inspection.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident may wish to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for advice on pursuing a claim for benefits and whether to pursue one or more third party claims.