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Construction worker killed by falling canopy

Posted on May 10th, 2012 No Comments

One construction worker was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday after a steel-beamed canopy they were standing on collapsed, causing them to fall 15 to 20 feet to the ground. The man who died was hit by the beam after he fell.

The second construction worker was conscious and breathing when emergency responders arrived and complained of severe pain. He was transported to the hospital. A third worker suffered minor injuries to his hand.

OSHA will inspect the construction area to determine if any violations led to the fatal accident. The construction company was previously fined by OSHA in 2008 for failing to ensure that all electrical cords were protected from potential damage.

Crane collapse kills one worker, injures another

Posted on April 6th, 2012 No Comments

A crane that collapsed at a construction site in Manhattan killed one worker and seriously injured another. At least three other people were treated for minor injuries. Workers were building a subway line extension for the for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when the accident occurred.

The worker, 30, died after the crane broke in two pieces, one 80 feet long and another 40 feet long. One person was taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries. Dozens of emergency responders helped with the dangerous extraction of the workers.

All construction on the site has been suspended while an investigation is ongoing. This is New York City’s third fatal crane accident in four years.

Construction worker hit by car

Posted on March 1st, 2012 No Comments

A Mississippi construction worker was killed instantly when a car struck him on the median of Interstate 85 earlier this week.

The man, identified as a 53 year-old who worked to install cable barriers on the interstate, was standing in the median with several other workers when a vehicle suddenly drove over the median. He continued to drive and hit a traffic barrel and a small bobcat loader before coming to a stop.

The driver and another worker were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A coroner ruled the worker’s cause of death of multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man killed in this accident.

Floor collapses under man and machine

Posted on January 4th, 2012 No Comments

A 29 year-old construction worker suffered only minor injuries after he and the machine he was operating fell 18 feet into the basement at a mill building.

The man was moving materials on the first floor of the building with a skid steer when the floor gave way. He was able to stand up and walk away from the accident and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The building is currently being redeveloped into commercial spaces and apartments.

OSHA is scheduled to visit the accident site and conduct an investigation to determine if the fall could have been avoided.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact the Des Moines construction accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600.

Two hurt at construction site

Posted on December 16th, 2011 No Comments

A man and a woman were injured after they fell nearly three stories, or about thirty-five feet, at a construction site earlier this week in the north eastern city of Titonka, Iowa.

The two were standing on a scaffolding or ladder at a grain elevator site when the accident occurred. According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department, both were airlifted out of the Gold Eagle Cooperative site. Their identities as well as the extent of their injuries has not been released.

The cause of their fall is currently under investigation.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact the Des Moines construction accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.

Worker injured by drunk driver

Posted on December 2nd, 2011 No Comments

A 47 year-old Des Moines truck driver, who was driving a semi truck full of mail, has been cited for drunk driving after she crashed into a construction truck in Federal Way, Washington.

The driver of the construction truck was placing lane barrels along Interstate 5 when the woman driving the semi truck collided with him. The construction truck was propelled into a parked truck as the women continued down the interstate, hitting two more vehicles.

One of the drivers in the construction trucks was injured and taken to the hospital. The damage vehicles began leaking diesel fuel and the fire department was called in to assist in clean up.

If you have suffered an injury while engaged in a work-related task, contact the Des Moines transportation accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today.

Worker killed in building collapse

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 No Comments

A construction worker sustained fatal injuries after he was buried under six feet of bricks and debris while working on a commercial building in the Bronx.

Experts say nearly a dozen support beams gave way and caused the structure to collapse. Two construction workers were able to escape without injury. The 51 year-old man trapped under the rubble was rescued ten minutes after the collapse, but died shortly after arriving at Jacobi Hospital.

FDNY deputy chief says the employees were doing active demolition in the basement of the building when the accident occurred. However, a conflicting report states the collapse was due to a rotten beam.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.

4 hurt in construction accident

Posted on August 31st, 2011 No Comments

Four construction workers were hurt after a roof fell on them. The crew was pouring wet concrete in a San Francisco apartment complex construction site when the roof collapsed and caused them fall two to three stories. Three are currently in serious condition at the hospital while the fourth is said to have non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

All four men are in their 20s and 30s. The San Francisco Fire Department says the workers are suffering from broken legs and arms and some must undergo surgery. The cause is still under investigation, and California OSHA says they did not find any violations when the site was inspected in January and July.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the Des Moines construction accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

Green projects at high risk for construction injuries

Posted on August 9th, 2011 No Comments

Green energy projects continue to increase in demand and many are worried that the rising numbers of solar and wind power projects are forcing companies to hire new and inexperienced workers to complete them. In 2010, the Solar Energy Industries Association states that the solar energy industry doubled its employment to 100,000 workers and the wind industry boasts more than 75,000 employees.

However, watchdog members of groups like the Industrial Wind Action Group say that they’ve been hearing more reports of construction injuries, accidents, and deaths. Some workers have died, falling from dangerous heights while installing solar panels or performing maintenance on windmill turbines. But even specialized technicians are at risk for electrocution and asphyxiate when in closed quarters with harmful gases. Fires and explosions have also been reported from the wiring of solar panels. Cadmium and selenium, common materials in solar panels, are considered explosive and carcinogenic by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to a construction accident, contact the Des Moines construction accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to get information about receiving fair compensation for these injuries.

Employee’s death blamed on unsafe work conditions

Posted on August 5th, 2011 No Comments

The death of a Gilroy, California city employee is blamed on the city’s failure to provide adequate, state-mandated safety controls.

The man, who was working on the road, was hit by a van and died at the scene. According to reports, the driver ran over something in the street and, distracted by the sound, looked away from the road to see what had caused it. In those few seconds, he hit the city worker who was standing in the middle of the street.

OSHA has issued two citations to the city of Gilroy, claiming that the lack of traffic controls and protective work clothing and equipment were major factors in the man’s death. The city plans on appealing the citations, totaling $21,600 in fines.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the man who died in this accident.

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