A worker at a Bonita Springs construction site died after the equipment he was using fell into a lake.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the man was using a piece of equipment similar to a skid steer (another name for a front end loader). The equipment fell into a lake near Imperial Parkway, just to the north of Bonita Springs High School. The emergency responders received a 911 call regarding the incident just after 2:15 p.m that day.
The Bonita Fire District sent a heavy rescue fire truck and used the jaws of life to attempt to rescue the 68-year-old worker. Firefighters and LCSO deputies entered the water to attempt the rescue.
As a matter of protocol, detectives from the Major Crimes Unit worked alongside with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the investigation into the incident, as the death happened at a worksite. There was not any initial cause given for the accident.
Even workers’ own accidents can result in compensation
There is almost always a path to compensation after a workplace accident, even if the injured worker caused the accident themselves.
Workers’ compensation exists to help workers pay for treatment and rehabilitation after they suffer injuries on the job. Many jobs have natural hazards associated with them, especially in construction and other related fields. Even when a worker is responsible for their own injury, they can still file a workers’ compensation claim to make themselves whole financially.
If you are interested in learning more about the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact a reliable Sarasota, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.