Local 10 has reported that a piece of heavy machinery fell on two construction workers just outside the entrance to FIU Biscayne Bay Campus located at 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181.
On Monday, October 22, 2021, a large piece of heavy machinery tipped over, crushing two workers. One died on the scene while the other was transported to a nearby hospital.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents injured construction workers, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve following a tragic construction accident. Recently, Michael shared his insight regarding who is liable for construction site accidents.
"It is no shock that construction workers have some of the highest work-related injury rates. The environment and work involved are demanding and sometimes dangerous. However, safety precautions should be in place to reduce the chance of injuries and fatal accidents. Victims and their families should know their legal rights when a construction worker is severely injured on the job site. Too often, the construction company can be held liable for failing to ensure the site or equipment is up to regulations. Issues such as faulty equipment, failing to upkeep the maintenance of the machinery, unsafe environment at the site, and dismissing safety procedures can all cause accidents. If the construction company fails to uphold its legal responsibility providing proper safety measures, it could be considered negligent."
"In many cases, workers' compensation will cover the personal and financial burdens that follow a construction injury. Additionally, some instances may arise in which injured construction workers have grounds for a civil lawsuit. Lawsuits may be available for injuries caused by third-party negligence. For example, a property owner might be sued for a construction injury caused by dangerous property conditions. Failure to ensure all equipment and machinery is working properly may also lead to the construction company being liable for injuries and death. Victims and their families can learn more about their financial and legal options by consulting with an experienced construction injury lawyer."