It is no secret that working in the construction industry exposes workers to many dangers. Construction shortcomings also expose tenants and other clients to perils, as seen recently in the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse.
The variety of construction mishaps show that this issue remains a serious concern in all areas of the country.
Fremont tower rebar collapse injures workers
Though it did not gain as much news coverage as the Surfside disaster, a Fremont, California, incident illustrates the dangers of construction. ABC 7 reported the details of a tower rebar collapse that caused three workers to fall 20 feet. All workers experienced injuries and received treatment at the hospital.
Authorities on site reported that about 1,000 pounds of rebar fell, with the three workers on top of the structure. Coworkers had to remove the steel structure that fell on the men. OSHA workers soon arrived to determine the cause of the accident. The workers clipped in, as required by regulations, but the extra weight of the men likely proved too heavy for the structure.
Pipe falls on a man at Los Angeles construction site
In another incident, CBS Los Angeles reported that a large pipe fell on a man at a site in West Los Angeles. The weight of the pipe required that Los Angeles Fire Department workers remove the structure from off of the victim. The man experienced critical injuries and received treatment at a nearby hospital. A second person also received injuries in the incident.
These two incidents and many others show that construction accidents happen regularly. Investigations help the construction industry learn more about why accidents happen.