Thanksgiving tragedy: Man dies in construction accident

Most Florida residents spent Thanksgiving spending time with family or getting ready for the big sales. Sadly, one family spent their Thanksgiving in mourning after a loved one died in a construction accident caused by a slip and fall.

The 56-year-old man was working on a job site in Maryland on Thanksgiving morning when he slipped on a patch of ice as he was walking. He fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.

The construction worker was among a handful of people working on townhomes. He was working on the first floor when the accident occurred. There was a hard hat near his body and it did not look like he was carrying any objects.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating the accident. An autopsy will also be performed. At this time, it looks like that foul play was not the cause of the man’s death.

Accidents can occur at any time, and they are especially tragic when they happen at a time when families are supposed to get together and share good times. This tragedy will likely darken the mood on the family’s Thanksgiving for at least the next few years.

Construction accidents can occur in a variety of ways, and a slip and fall incident is one of them. When water combines with freezing weather conditions, it can cause slippery floors. If they are not noticed immediately, the results can be tragic, which was the case in this situation.

Hopefully the investigation can help answer important questions, such as how the ice got on the construction site and who, if anyone, was negligent. Was the slippery condition caused by the employee or is the company liable for allowing unsafe working conditions to occur? The answers to these questions will help determine if a lawsuit is feasible in this situation.

Source:  WJLA ABC 7, “Silver Spring fatal construction accident on Thanksgiving” Kris Van Cleave, Nov. 28, 2013