Construction accident leads family to question safety in Florida

If you’re hurt at work, you deserve to be compensated while you heal. Not having to be concerned about missing work or your medical bills can make a major difference while you focus on getting back to normal. Likewise, if you lose a loved one, the last thing you should have to worry about is where the lost paycheck or funeral costs will come from. Workers’ compensation should be available to you for industrial accidents, construction accidents, or any work incident where your or a loved one is hurt or killed.

In Florida, the family of a man who was killed when a billboard collapsed is dealing with his death by asking about his safety equipment. According to the story, the 29-year-old man fell 40 feet when he was installing a billboard on Lake Underhill Road. Oddly, even though deputies had been alerted to the death, workers had moved the cranes involved as well as the equipment, machines and potential evidence into what happened.

What officials do know is that at around 3:45 p.m., the construction crew was putting up a billboard. The 29-year-old man was in a bucket inside a cage that was suspended from a crane. He was approximately 40 feet above the ground at that point. He was working on a metal pole at the time of the accident, according to police, and they believe that it shifted, causing the bucket to be impacted and the man to fall.

A witness reported that the man fell out of the cage before the billboard fell. The cage would have had to have come off its hook for that to happen. A witness pointed out that he doesn’t think the man could have been wearing a harness when the accident happened.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident now, and if there is any question about the safety of the equipment, the man’s employer may face serious penalties or charges. The man’s family believes that the accident was senseless and that his safety equipment was not good enough.

SourceWFTV, “OSHA investigates after man falls 40 feet while working on billboard” No author given, May. 08, 2014