It is no secret that construction work can be incredibly risky, with the machinery, equipment and various other hazards present on any construction site across the globe. One California family lost their construction-worker son in incredibly tragic circumstances earlier in June, when he was killed while working on a freeway. 33-year-old Jessie Romero was picking up traffic cones on the shoulder of the southbound 605 freeway around 5 am on Tuesday June 12 when his vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler. According to the family, Romero had pulled onto the shoulder to assist another motorist, when the big rig struck his vehicle, ending his life. The driver of the 18-wheeler stated he was trying to avoid a vehicle coming into his lane and believe he had enough space to pass Romero’s vehicle, a belief which tragically proved to be inaccurate.
While the circumstances of this tragedy are not typical of a construction accident, our San Bernardino construction accident attorneys can help if you, or your loved ones, have been seriously injured while carrying out your work.
Common Types of Construction Accident in San Bernardino, California
As personal injury lawyers with decades of experience, our attorneys have successfully handled all manner of construction accidents, occurring in San Bernardino and beyond. Our successes have encompassed numerous accidents involving construction workers, as well as those involving others passing through construction zones on the highway or other roads. Some of the most frequently-occurring construction accidents, as encountered by our San Bernardino construction accident attorneys, include the following:
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Scaffold accidents
- Falling accidents
- Trench collapse
- Slip and fall accidents occurring on construction sites
- Falling objects
- Car accidents in construction zones
- Truck accidents in construction zones
- Wrongful death
If the accident you sustained injuries in is not listed above, our construction accident attorneys could still assist you. Our extensive personal injury knowledge and experience means we are perfectly equipped to successfully recover the compensation and damages you are entitled to.
California Ranked Fourth-Lowest in Terms of Construction Accidents
The good news for construction workers in California is that the state experienced the fourth-lowest number of fatal workplace injuries in the United States in 2016, on a per capita basis. Although the actual figure was the second-highest, the rankings account for the number of people working in a state, in addition to the number of fatalities. According to the statistics published by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- 376 people died on the job in California in 2016, a decrease of 12 fatalities compared to 2015
- The ratio of deaths to workers equated to 2.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in California
- The only 3 states with a lower per capita occurrence of workplace deaths were Rhode Island, The District of Columbia, and Connecticut
- The 3 states with the highest per capita number of deaths per 100,000 workers were Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, although the highest number of workplace fatalities occurred in Texas