A construction accident at Florida State University resulted in the death of a plumber on July 28. Before he was killed, the 25-year-old man had been working as a subcontractor during the construction of the new Dorman and Deviney halls. The worker was killed after he became trapped in between a moving elevator and the building. He reportedly died at the scene before first responders arrived.
According to reports, the deceased man was subcontracted for a company with a history of construction accidents. Culpepper Construction has recently had complaints filed against it following multiple incidents of worker falls. The contractor has been under review by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration a total of nine times in the last 10 years.
OSHA investigators were reportedly on the scene shortly after the most recent fall to interview any witnesses to the fatal accident. While there, investigators spoke with the deceased man’s coworkers and managers. Federal law requires that an investigation into this type of workplace accident must be completed in under six months. Police at the university are also conducting an investigation, which they are calling a non-criminal death investigation.
A fatal construction accident inevitably leaves behind a family who, in addition to the grief they are experiencing, may now experience financial hardship when it comes to paying their bills, particularly if the worker was a provider for the family. To help offset this sudden financial burden, the family may decide to file a workers’ compensation claim to seek death benefits. An attorney could help the family through the process of filing a claim and potentially improve their chances of receiving the maximum amount of benefits.
Source: fsunews.com, “Man dies in FSU construction accident“, Alexander Browning, July 30, 2014