According to the Jacksonville Police Department, a worker died after falling and hitting his head at an industrial site on the south side of Jacksonville in late April.
The accident occurred April 24 inside a vacant warehouse unit on St. Augustine Road at approximately 10 a.m. The 50-year-old victim and a co-worker were reportedly working on tearing down a large set of wooden industrial shelving when a wall of the unit collapsed, causing the victim to fall. The victim had been renovating the space for a new business. Previously, the building had housed a fencing company.
The fall was not from a particularly tall height — he was only about eight feet off the ground. However, the man hit his head hard enough on the concrete floor that there was no recovery from the injury. The victim and his co-worker were the only two people inside the building at the time of the accident. They had been working together on weekends to get the building cleared out and ready for the new business.
Authorities alerted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the accident, and the agency was preparing to conduct an investigation.
Construction accident issues
Construction and industrial sites can be dangerous places, and injuries are unfortunately common for workers in these fields. In fact, the construction industry is far and away the number one source of workplace accidents in the United States. Many of these injuries occur because proper safety protocol is not followed. In many cases, it’s the employer’s negligence that’s the root cause of these incidents.
For the dependable legal guidance you need after a serious construction or workplace accident, speak with a skilled Jacksonville personal injury attorney at Combs Greene, PA.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.