Recently, a construction worker in Miami, FL was involved in a tragic accident while on the job. While working on a construction site a piece of machinery weighing about 2,000 pounds, that was being hoisted by a crane, fell onto him as he was working on the 37th floor of a condominium. Tragically, the 29-year-old worker died at the scene of the accident.
Unfortunately, these types of tragic accidents occur all too often in Florida. A recent article by Contact 5, part of WPTV in West Palm Beach, cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report finding that Florida continues to have one of the highest work-related death rates in the country (based on population). In fact the Bureau's statistics from 2014 found that Florida had the 2nd highest work-related death rate in the country behind only Texas. The article cites possible reasons for this as the lack of teeth in the fines imposed by OSHA, a lack of resources available to OSHA, and Florida's 2002 abolishment of its Department of Labor. The lack of resources is so profound that the article estimates there is only one OSHA safety inspector for approximately every 66,000 job sites nationwide.
Under Florida's Workers' Compensation law there are benefits available for the deceased worker's surviving spouse and/or children such as:
If you or your loved ones have been affected by a work-related death contact the attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today.