Just over two months ago, 46 year old construction worker Russell Andrews of Salt Lake City died while working on a job site in Sandy, Utah.
Russell, who worked for Black Rock Development Group, was standing in a trench where other workers were attempting to lay sewage piping. As the workers lowered the pipe into the ditch, there was an apparent equipment malfunction, causing the pipe to break loose and fall on Andrews. The concrete pipe weighed about 4,000 pounds, and by the time it was lifted from Andrew’s body it was too late.
The exact details of what caused the pipe to come loose are still unknown. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are still investigating to see who exactly is at fault for Andrew’s death.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are extremely dangerous. Heavy equipment and materials, large vehicles, tall heights, and a number of other safety hazards can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. The more common causes of construction accidents and deaths include:
- Large vehicles carrying heavy objects
- Falls from tall heights
- Flammable and explosive materials
- Heavy objects
- Electrical systems and wiring
- Slip and fall hazards
Contact a Utah Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Such devastation can leave victims and loved ones with expensive medical bills, no job, and an uncertain future. At Christensen & Hymas, we work daily with accident victims of all types and see first-hand the hardships that good, honest people have to endure after an accident. That is why we want to help. If you have been injured in a Utah construction accident, filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party could help you recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages while out of work
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
If you have been injured in a construction accident and aren’t sure what to do next, contact an attorney here at Christensen & Hymas for a free case consultation let us help remove some stress from your recovery process.
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