We’ve all heard about the new 64 billion dollars high-speed train project designed to get us around the country at a very fast speed. Recently the high profile build has faced its first injury as five people were injured on the site. While the project has faced many problems since the day it was commissioned in 2015, like cost overruns and route replanting, this is the most dangerous one that has occurred so far. As innovative as the project is, the latest incident may put a complete halt.
In Fresno, California a rebar tower was being put up. This tower collapsed hitting another tower located close by, causing it to fall on five workers that were working on site. Out of the five workers that were injured two were so badly injured that the injuries they had sustained needed to be seen to by medical experts at a hospital in the proximity. They will more than likely be unable to work for some time and have work restrictions upon their return if the project isn’t halted completely.
A California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has started to conduct an independent investigation into the cause of the accident itself and also how the workers got injured. To add to this The California Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the cause of the accident, but Cal-OSHA is looking into the cause of the injuries and has six months to issue a citation. Cal-OSHA will see if there were any workplace violations. However, the project employees will still be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits since the injuries were sustained while on the job. Being the victim of an on the job injury can be traumatizing and leave you out of work for some time. You may be confused but a Los Angeles workers compensation attorney will be there every step of the way.
This incident was extreme and unexpected as many workplace injuries can be. Although there may have been several factors that were attributed to the accident occurring, it can be considered a workplace accident for the workers involved. If you have been involved in a similar situation involving an on the job injury, your best option is to seek medical attention and then contact a Los Angeles workers compensation attorney. Our experienced attorneys will be able to review the details of your case and discuss your best options moving forward. Our attorneys are here to help every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 818-609-7005 or complete this contact form