Posted On: January 24, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Accident Claims Worker’s Life After He is Crushed by Falling Debris

A construction worker died on Friday in an on-the-job accident. The victim, Darren Barnicoat, was doing excavation work on a building’s foundation when a 2-feet chunk of brick landed on him, crushing his body. The 31-year-old worker, who was the site supervisor, was in a pit some 10 feet under the surface when the falling debris work accident happened.

While emergency workers tried to revive the construction worker at the scene, their efforts proved futile. Barnicoat was pronounced dead soon after at a local hospital. Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of the deadly construction accident.

Construction Accidents Involving Falling Debris
The property owner of a construction site, the project’s general contractor, and other parties in charge are responsible for making sure that workers and visitors to the site are protected from falling debris and other falling objects. There are safety measures that can be implemented to prevent construction accidents from happening, including keeping pedestrians away from scaffolding, proper maintenance of construction equipment, following OSHA safety regulations, checking that all safety procedures are in place, and using safety nets to prevent debris from falling on workers and others.

Even when safety measures are in place, construction accidents do happen and can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and severed limbs, for victims.

Worker's Compensation for Construction Accident Victims
It is important that an injured construction worker get the proper medical attention that he or she needs to recover or obtain ongoing medical care. Construction workers and the families of those killed in construction accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. They may also be entitled to personal injury or wrongful death compensation from negligent third parties.

Construction worker killed in job site accident, Boston Herald.com, January 24, 2009

Falling bricks cited in site supervisor's death, Boston.com, January 24, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents, Justia

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


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