1 killed by falling safety barrier in Florida accident

Working in construction, you know that you’re always at a higher risk of injury. You may work near highways with speeding traffic, or you could be in an industrial line that has heavy machinery. You could be working with live electrical wires or need to be on scaffolding high in the air. Malfunctions and safety hazards can happen almost out of nowhere, and unless your team is very proactive, that could lead to injuries or deaths.

Safety hazards were the main issue in this tragic accident. In a case out of Florida, safety concerns have been brought up following the death of a subcontractor on a construction site on I-295. The news reports that the accident took place at around 2:00 p.m., when a sound barrier panel fell, crushing the victim who was working below.

The panel, which weighed around 15,000 pounds, crushed the worker, resulting in his death at the scene. At the time of the news, there was no immediate explanation for why the barrier fell from its position. The spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation has indicated that the barrier fell off the back of a transport vehicle, although it’s not clear why the victim would have been behind that vehicle.

This situation will need to be further investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, much like any adverse event that takes place at your construction site. In cases like this, the victim’s family may be able to seek compensation for the injuries their loved one suffered, their loved one’s wrongful death and for lost wages that affect the family financially.

Source: Jacksonville.com, “1 killed when concrete slab falls at I-295 construction site in Jacksonville,” Dana Treen, May. 14, 2015