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Death Reported in Virginia Construction Site Accident

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Death Reported in Virginia Construction Site Accident

I was saddened to read about a Virginia construction site accident in James City County today that left a 60-year-old dead.

Details are scant, but reported the man lost his life after he fell two stories.

Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino of James City County Police told the incident happened at a new home being built off Fenton Mill Road.

Rubino said first responders were called to the scene at 9:30 a.m. He said the death followed a fall. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased construction worker. It’s too early to know what went wrong and caused this Virginia construction site accident.

Although workers fall from time to time at construction sites, on occasions, a dangerous work environment can lead to a fall. Often scaffolding at building sites fails or there may be another hazard.

Fatal Virginia construction site accident

Worker was killed in Virginia construction site accident

Construction site workers or members of the public may sue from injuries caused at defective construction sites.

If a member of the public suffers an injury on or near a construction site, he or she may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the company overseeing the work.

A general contractor has a duty to protect members of the public from the known hazards inherent in commercial construction.  For example, if a general contractor running the entire construction site fails to provide adequate warnings or does not limit access to a dangerous place,  the victim may have grounds to sue.

General contractors are responsible for making sure that all applicable safety regulations are complied with and either workers or the public are not hurt.  If a contractor fails to follow a safety regulation, the general contractor may be held legally liable.

Falls are one of the most significant causes of worker deaths. In 2013, for example, of 800 deaths in the construction industry, 291 of them were caused by falls, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Scaffolding is notorious for collapsing. When scaffolding gives way, workers may have grounds to sue a negligent party or even a manufacturer if there was a defect.

Virginia Construction Site Accident Injury Lawyers

Find out more about construction site accidents here on our website. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a dedicated premises liability team that specializes in these complicated cases.

We have meeting locations on the Virginia Peninsula and in southern Hampton Roads. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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