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Worker Killed in Florida Construction Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 22, 2014

Florida construction accident attorneys are closely monitoring developments in a recent fatal construction accident in Tallahassee. A subcontractor working on a construction project on the Florida State University campus was killed recently after being trapped between a building and a construction elevator. University police officers say that the 25-year-old victim was working on the construction of the new Dorman and Deviney Halls on campus when the accident occurred. Investigators say that the accident occurred just after 12 p.m. and that the worker had already died from his injuries when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration began their investigation into the accident after being notified by Culpepper Construction, the company that hired the subcontractor. According to OSHA regulations, companies are required to report accidents involving injuries or death within eight hours of the incident. OSHA officials said that Culpepper Construction has been reviewed by OSHA at least nine times since 2004. The most recent review involved complaints filed against the contractor for worker falls earlier this year. OSHA officials filed three violations against Culpepper in recent years for eyewear, ladder and various training violations in 2010 with a $2,925 settlement fine.

Construction workers know that they perform some of the most dangerous work in zany industry. Falls are the most common type of construction accidents, along with electrocutions, being struck by falling objects or heavy equipment and other workplace hazards. OSHA rules and regulations have drastically reduced the number of construction accidents in this country but they only protect workers if construction companies adhere to these standards and put the safety of their workers above all other considerations. While the vast majority of construction companies do a good job of training workers in jobsite safety and provide adequate safety equipment, others cut corners to maximize profits and put workers at unnecessary risk for injury and death.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a construction accident, it is critically important to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer as soon as practical after the accident. While you focus on healing and recovering from your injuries, construction accident attorney James O. Cunningham can advise you of your legal options and review all documents to ensure that your rights are protected. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call Mr. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) and get his skills, resources and experience on your side!

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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