A Washington DC construction worker lost his life around 11:30AM on Tuesday, December 24th at the old Fannie Mae site on Wisconsin Avenue.
The victim, whose identity remains unreleased at this time, was reported to have been lowering the bed of a dump truck when his body became pinned between the bed and the body. The DC Fire Department responded to the emergency but the man was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.
The construction is intended to convert the compound, previously a Fannie Mae building, into a mixed-use development that will also include a grocery store. Authorities are expected to release further details as the investigation progresses. Given that this was a workplace accident, the state’s OSHA division is also expected to conduct an inquiry into the fatal incident.
A tireless contributor to Legal Herald and an experienced construction death lawyer at BanvilleLaw.com, Laurence Banville shared the following information for those who may have suffered injuries on a construction project:
“It’s no secret that project sites are bustling with all kinds of construction trucks and heavy machinery. As one can imagine, these vehicles are absolutely vital as they make easy work of tasks that would take a single worker days (or more) to complete.
Unfortunately, these mighty trucks can also become incredibly dangerous if not operated properly.
Even in situations when all safety standards are closely followed, construction accidents related to the use of heavy machinery continue to happen on work sites. The resulting injuries are often quite grave, affecting not only the lives of the individual victims but of their loved ones and any that surround them.
Without considering the extent of an injury, a worker’s compensation claim can always be filed to help those injured receive compensation that covers medical costs and a portion of lost wages. Moreover, if the incident was the result of another party’s negligence, then there may be a possibility of filing a construction accident lawsuit that provides further compensation. For instance, a lawsuit can take into account additional damages that can include emotional distress, loss of companionship, and loss of quality of life.
A worker’s comp claim and a lawsuit are separate legal claims and can both be pursued at the same time, though victims should always discuss their case with an experimented construction accident attorney who will be able to analyze the circumstances and determine all the avenues for compensation.”