When project tasks require workers in New Jersey to operate on elevated platforms, ensuring that worksite conditions do not pose a threat to their well-being may be integral to reducing safety risks. If a platform is unsteady or is not properly constructed, it may take little more than a strong gust of wind to create a dangerous situation. A 29-year-old man was killed during a recent construction accident in another state after wind from an approaching storm suddenly caused an elevated platform to overturn.
Fatal construction incident
According to reports, the incident occurred just after 6 p.m. on a recent Wednesday as workers were performing job-related tasks at the site of a warehouse project. Reports indicate that these individuals were operating on top of an elevated platform when they receive news of an approaching storm. While they were in the process of lowering the platform, a strong gust of wind suddenly caused it to overturn.
Emergency responders advised that upon arriving at the scene, they found one worker to be suffering from life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports indicate that further investigation revealed that he suffered fatal head injuries after falling from the overturned platform.
Falls from heights
A construction accident involving a fall from heights runs the risk of leaving workers with severe injuries or leaving family members grieving over an unexpected loss. Families who suffer sudden loss under such scenarios may encounter various challenges in life and while the emotional toll may ease with time, the financial ramifications could prove burdensome in nature. Individuals in New Jersey who suffer loss in a work-related incident may find it helpful to consult with an attorney for advice on their options and the next steps to take to seek the compensation achievable through the proper channels.