Construction workers in Connecticut are often required to work many feet off the ground, and fatal falls are an unpleasant aspect of this work. A recent construction accident in near-by Concord, N.H. illustrates the extremely hazardous nature of such work.
According to police at the scene, the worker in question fell about 30 feet from the roof of a commercial building to a hard, concrete-like surface. He suffered several critical injuries and was taken by ambulance to a near-by hospital. He later died at the hospital. The exact cause of the fall has not been determined. The deceased worker was employed by a local roofing contractor, but no one has released information about whether other parties may have been involved in the work that resulted in the fatality.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent investigators to the scene in an effort to determine whether any workplace safety requirements had been violated. OSHA regulations require employers to provide employees with a number of safety measures, including personal fall arrest systems, guardrails or ladders.
If a party who was not the dead worker’s employer failed to provide necessary safety devices, that party may share liability for damages resulting from the death. In any event, the worker’s employer will be responsible to pay survivor benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation statute.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in similar circumstances may wish to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney about seeking workers’ compensation benefits or exploring the possibility of recovering damages for any third parties whose fault may have contributed to the accident.