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Worker Falls Into Water, Dies In Key Largo Construction Accident

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We rely on construction workers to fix and erect buildings. While this work is necessary, it’s also dangerous. Many people are seriously injured or even killed while performing construction work.

Sadly, this was recently the case in Florida. A construction worker died after a crane on a barge tipped over and he fell into the water. The fatal accident occurred in Key Largo on the afternoon of March 21.

The crane was on a barge in the water. It was behind a home under construction on Mutiny Place. Workers were building a dock when the crane apparently fell off the barge. The worker was still on the crane, causing him to plunge into the water.

The worker, a 29-year-old man from Homestead, was killed. Divers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to recover the man’s body from the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Key Largo firefighters were also at the accident scene.

The accident is under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will also conduct an investigation.

Dangers of the Construction Industry

There are many risks in the construction industry. They range from heavy machinery to dangerous tools to heights to toxic substances. Among all worker deaths in the United States, more than 20% are in the construction industry. The main risks, known as the “fatal four hazards,” include:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by an object
  • Electrocutions
  • Getting caught in or between equipment

Job site conditions can cause slips, trips, falls, burns, electrical accidents, and material handling injuries. Environmental factors like excessive noise and airborne contaminants can also pose serious health risks.

The most common accidents on a construction site include:

  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Car and truck accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Ladder accidents
  • Explosions
  • Slips, trips, and falls

Common non-fatal injuries caused by construction accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Eye injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Respiratory disease
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Causes of Construction Accidents

There are countless dangers on construction sites. Construction accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Poorly designed or defective construction equipment
  • Defective or damaged safety equipment
  • Faulty fall protection
  • Unguarded ledges
  • OSHA regulations violations
  • Inadequate safety equipment
  • Uneven or slippery surfaces
  • Electrical accidents
  • Fires
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Power tool accidents
  • Building or wall collapse
  • Falling debris or loads
  • Heavy objects falling

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Unfortunately, construction work is dangerous. Accidents can happen at any time, and elements such as heights and water can make a situation fatal.

Even with the proper precautions in place, workers are often seriously injured or killed. You need to know who to sue in these matters. A Tampa construction accident attorney from Moore Law can assist you. Schedule a free consultation by calling 813-510-5400 or filling out the online form.

Source:

local10.com/news/local/2023/03/21/worker-dies-after-plunging-into-water-in-key-largo-construction-accident-sheriff-says/

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