A worker at a construction site in Hallandale Beach miraculously survived a 40-foot fall inside of a front-end loader, according to fire officials who responded to the incident.
The 30-something construction worker was part of the team working on the four-story Taromina building, located at 1936 S. Ocean Drive. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 9.
According to emergency responders, a crane had picked up the front-end loader to a fourth-floor balcony. As the man got into the machinery and strapped himself into the driver’s compartment, part of the balcony gave way beneath, resulting in the tractor falling the four stories to the ground, where it landed on its side. Somehow the man only sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Aventura Medical Center for treatment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicated it would investigate the incident further to determine how it occurred.
Liability in construction site accidents
There are strict safety protocols that must be followed at all construction sites. Construction companies must make sure they take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all workers at their sites. This includes providing all employees with personal protective equipment (PPE), training workers in the proper operation of tools and equipment, performing all necessary safety inspections, securing tools or equipment when at height and ensuring the ongoing maintenance and operational quality of all equipment to be used at the site.
In some cases, construction accidents can occur as a result of the construction company’s failure to adhere to industry guidelines and OSHA regulations. In such cases, anyone who suffers an injury due to that failure may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.
In any case, workers injured at construction sites (regardless of cause or liability) can seek worker’s compensation to cover their medical bills and lost wages.
For more information about the legal actions you should take after suffering an injury in a construction accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.