A tragic construction accident has claimed the life of yet another individual. On Thursday, July 19th, Covington police reported to a construction scene near Tuscany Drive and Holds Branch where an “excavation was underway for a Fischer Homes project” [Source: Cincinnati.com] While the workers were out on site, apparently, one man had been operating a heavy piece of machinery when it fell from the top of a hill. The machine went rolling down the hill several times before it stopped and landed on the worker.
Although officials have yet to release the name of the worker, they did state that the construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the incident, police officers stated that they were conducting a death investigation along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as they too were notified of the accident. Kenton County Emergency Management were also called out to the accident scene to “deal with a small fuel spill” that occurred as a result of the incident.
Thousands of Construction Workers are Killed in Work-Related Accidents Each Year in the U.S.
In 2016 alone, 99 construction workers were killed each week nationwide, which is equivalent to 14 deaths each day. That information is based on the latest data OSHA has provided and reveals just how dangerous the construction industry is. Although we don’t know how many construction workers were killed in 2017, based on the number of news reports published, clearly, the industry is still a deadly one to work in.
While some accidents occur as a result of an employer failing to properly train their staff or allow them to use and operate defective equipment, other incidents transpire as a result of someone else’s negligence. The reality is, construction workers are required to work in environments where accidents are prone to occur. For instance, many construction workers must complete roadside projects where they are susceptible to being hit by inattentive drivers. Others are required to work at elevated levels that put them at risk of falling.
And those are only some of the reasons why construction workers engage in so many accidents each and every year.
If you sustained an injury while at work, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should provide you with the necessary benefits that will cover your medical expenses as well as your time away from work.
Now, if you have been injured in a work-related accident in KY, whether it was during a construction project or not, consider contacting a Covington, KY accident lawyer who can assure you receive the benefits you are entitled to as a result of the incident. In most cases, your employer will provide you with workers’ compensation benefits, however, there are times where they may try and get out of having to pay you for the time you spent out of work. And we all know, missing a few days of work can significantly impact your paycheck that is used to cover your essential bills.
So, if you would like to consult with a Covington, KY accident attorney who specializes in handling workers’ compensation claims who can explain the benefits you are entitled to and how much compensation you should receive while you are out of work, contact USAttorneys.com today. We are more than happy to connect you with a local attorney in your area who is ready to help you.