A 37-year-old man was killed in an Oklahoma Construction Accident that occurred last week. Reports indicate the incident happened Tuesday, July 12, at The Savoy Hotel located in Nowata, Oklahoma.
According to an article by the Claims Journal, the worker was part of a crew performing restoration projects at the hotel. While the worker was on the roof of the building, he suffered a slip and fall accident. The worker plummeted roughly 40 feet before striking a concrete sidewalk below.
A local resident found the worker and immediately called for rescue crews to respond to the scene. Paramedics rushed the victim to a local trauma center, but he died shortly after arrival.
The incident highlights the dangers that many in the construction industry face each day. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2011, slips, trips, and falls claimed the lives of 666 workers, accounting for 14 percent of all workplace fatalities.
This leaves many wondering who is responsible in the event such an accident occurs at the workplace.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of employees at a worksite. Failure to do so could result in claims of negligence being brought against an employer.
The firm recognizes how difficult losing a loved one to a workplace accident can be and would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim.