Victim Was Contracted And Not An Employee Of The Georgia Dept Of Transportation
The accident took place on the morning of Thursday, October 3rd at the ongoing I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project. Few details have been made public, though it is believed that the man suffered a fall which caused his death.
The GDOT released a statement indicating that the victim was not a federal employee but rather a subcontractor, while also offering condolences.
The Interstate 285-Georgia 400 interchange construction project was inaugurated in 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2020.
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Attorney contributor to Legal Herald and construction accident attorney Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw shared the following information based on his expertise in all types of falling incidents on work sites:
“Falls are consistently found to be the most common, and generally the most dangerous, type of construction site accident in the country. In one year alone, 279 American worker lives were be lost to falls.
This is not only tragic but surprising, as federal supervising bodies like OSHA are constantly implementing and updating health and safety standards for construction workers. For those who are unfamiliar, these ‘standards’ act as a code to be followed on a work site, and when violated, can bring down serious fines on contractors.
Unfortunately, whether due to budget or time constraints, workers often feel pressured to complete tasks in a shorter amount of time which can put them on edge. The pressure can also cause even the strictest worker to lose concentration and loss of focus on an elevated working surface is likely to result in injury or worth.
In whichever state the construction fall or injury takes place, it is likely that there also exist State-specific regulations that can offer different possibilities for compensation after an injury. For this reason, it is important to discuss the details of a fall accident on a construction site with an experienced attorney.”
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