Unfortunately, construction accidents happen all too frequently. Even though there are many safety regulations in place to protect workers, construction workers are still exposed to dangerous working conditions. Between tall scaffolding and large equipment, workers are often at serious risk for injury. In a recent New Jersey case, a Newark man was killed while operating a construction vehicle.
The accident occurred in Union, New Jersey, last Friday morning. A construction employee was operating a 6,000-pound roller to smooth out the East Coast Greenway. As the man was working his way down the trail, the massive vehicle reportedly fell over the edge of the trail.
Police along with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the fatal accident. It is unclear at this time if the worker was wearing a seat belt when the incident occurred. The exact cause of death has not been determined.
The construction worker was 33 years old. He had a wife and two children.
This accident illustrates the serious nature of construction accidents. If anything goes wrong, large equipment or dangerous conditions can claim a worker’s life in an instant.
In this case, two young children are suddenly without a father to care for them, and the man’s wife is suddenly a single parent. She will now be responsible for providing for their children on her own. If she does not make enough income on her own to support her two children, she may be feeling overwhelmed and out of options. However, there may be ways to obtain compensation for the death of a loved one in a construction accident. Contact your Philadephia work injury attorney for more qualified assistance on your claim.