A recent construction site accident led to tragedy for two workers. According to reports, two men working at a warehouse died after becoming trapped under giant slabs of granite. The men were unloading a truck and initial reports suggest that the wooden supports meant to hold the slabs in place may have become loose in transit. The giant slabs of granite fell out of the shipping container, pinning the men underneath. One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and later pronounced dead.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is now investigating the accident site.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, consulting with an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney is critical. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide you critical advice concerning your next steps.
Generally, California state and federal workers compensation laws cover workplace injuries. These laws were designed to protect your from financial losses during times of injury, and in most case prevents employees from suing their employers.
However, in certain situations injured parties or their families may be able to file a civil lawsuit. This is often true where a third party is responsible for causing the harm, such as an outside contractor or supplier. Different considerations apply to each circumstance, so discussing your options with an attorney is important.
How the families will proceed in this horrible accident is unknown at this time.
For more information about workplace accident and California workers compensation, please contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.