Construction Worker Tragically Killed in Fall at Atlas Apartments
Construction site safety protocols and fall protection will be an issue
According to Eastside Fire & Rescue, on the morning of May 16, 2016, a 46-year-old masonry worker was reportedly doing work on the brick facade at the Atlas Apartments construction site in Issaquah, Washington, when he fell to his death. It was also reported he was working on scaffolding at the time for a subcontractor to the general contractor for the project, Anderson Construction. Officials with the state Department of Labor & Industries are at the scene investigating.
It is important a full and adequate investigation is performed in the early days of a fatal accident such as this. The construction companies are well-suited to do this since they have access to the site, the employees, and the safety records. Unfortunately, construction companies and their employees don't always do the best job of gathering and preserving necessary evidence and in cases such as this, the adequacy of safety protocols, and their enforcement, from the general contractor down to each and every subcontractor and vendor, is always scrutinized.
Therefore, it is recommended counsel be retained early on to guide and participate in the investigation, identification, and retention of evidence, conducting and gathering witness statements, and coordination with investigating authorities, in order to improve the chances of success in any litigation inevitably arising out of such a tragic event.
This is as true for the family of the deceased worker as it is for the contractors and their insurers. The best case will be built upon an early and thorough involvement in the investigation into the facts and circumstances of this worker's accident and death.
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