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Construction accidents like this one are especially tragic

A young woman in another state, age 19, was working for a construction company with her brother. The two of them, in fact, were apparently assigned to the same project and were working alongside one another when a recent tragedy occurred. The two were doing some sort of project involving pipe and were stationed down inside a 15-foot hole in the ground. When construction accidents occur in California, there are usually investigations to follow, and this case is no exception.

This particular incident occurred just after the girl's brother had exited the hole to retrieve some more pipe needed for their job. Suddenly, a backhoe worker (who reportedly did not realize the girl was down in the crater) lowered the heavy machine's shovel into the hole. The girl did not make it out alive as the impact of the shovel killed her instantly.

The company for which the siblings were working has been cited twice in the past for safety violations. One citation had to do with a violation related to work the company had done on a sewer and water line. The U.S. Department of Labor confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened a new investigation into this horrific accident.

Families of workers who die in California construction accidents may be eligible for benefits transferred through the workers' compensation program. These provisions obviously fall short of ever being able to replace a loss of a loved one's life. Under such devastating circumstances, however, it may be helpful to have such benefits to help offset expenses associated with a family member's death. For help in navigating the system, a concerned immediate family member may contact a workers' compensation attorney.

Source: ksat.com, "Woman, 19, killed in construction accident", David Ibanez, Jan. 23, 2017

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