Four different companies were recently cited in the death of two construction workers and the serious injury of one in a tragedy that occurred last April. The construction injuries and deaths occurred in Hendersonville, Tennessee after a concrete wall fell on the men. According to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the companies failed to brace the concrete wall adequately and this is the reason why the accident happened.
The companies will face penalties that could be as high as $15,200 each. However, the pain and suffering felt by the family members of these men and the man who was seriously injured will continue for the rest of their lives. The men who died, aged 24 and 36, were killed instantly. The other man, aged 44, broke five ribs, shattered his collarbone and bruised his sternum.
The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused the companies of failing to properly brace the wall. It also blamed the companies for not limiting access to the area during construction. The companies were also accused of not training employees about the hazards of working in the vicinity of the wall.
The man who was injured in this accident, in addition to family members of the victims who died, may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Also, considering the fact that the four Tennessee companies were faulted in this accident, potential personal injury and/or wrongful death claims may be assessed regarding the construction injuries and deaths in this tragedy. A workers' compensation claim and, if appropriate, a personal injury/wrongful death claim could be a way to obtain compensation to pay for medical bills and other damages that inevitably arise in this types of circumstances.
Source: tennessean.com, Four companies cited in wall collapse that killed 2 in April, Tena Lee, Sept. 28, 2013