OSHA Fall ProtectionWORK ACCIDENT NO. 1: Several news sources describe this water tower worker’s fall at the Pierson work-site being caused by a safety cable breaking. He is said to have fallen, but there is no indication of the height. It appears he survived. The accident occurred around 4:30 pm on December 5, 2012. Good fall protection, would arrest the fall, which by the way are inevitable. And that's why OSHA named it "fall protection" not fall prevention. It is inevitable that construction workers, working at heights, will fall.

Worker injured in fall from Iowa water tower | News - Home
The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says a man was flown to a Sioux City hospital after falling from a water tower in northwest Iowa.

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WORK ACCIDENT NO. 2: In other news a Sioux City man working at another construction site had the trench collapse on him near Sioux Center and he was taken by ambulance to Sioux Center Hospital and then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

"Nathaniel Christiansen, an employee of L.A. Carlson Contracting from Merrill, Iowa, was working near 350th Street and Grant Avenue, according to a Sioux County Sheriff’s Office release."

WORK ACCIDENT NO. 3: Cesar Balderama, 26 was killed Saturday at the new Sabre Industries campus in Southbridge Business Park. Nelson Engineering Construction is noted in one article to be the General Contractor or GC. This construction worker was apparently crushed by a heavy beam as noted by KTIV Siouxland’s News Channel. In another news article the worker’s name is written at Cesar Balderama-Estrada.

Sioux City man injured in a construction accident, Sioux City Journal, October 5, 2012

We have three different accidents, three different causes and three workers either seriously injured or killed. Each accident is preventable when the right safety equipment and practices are followed by the construction site management. In the case of a construction site management the GC often times has the contractual duty/obligation to enforce safety practices and procedures. Now let's turn to Iowa's highway construction work.

WORK ACCIDENT NO. 4: A road construction worker was struck by a man later charged with OWI, or drunken driving. The work related accident was reported at 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Delaware and NE Broadway Avenues. KCCI reports: “Deputies said Amir Vodenicarevic, 37, of Urbandale, was removing concrete debris from the roadway with other construction workers when he was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by David Westmoreland.” According the article, “Westmoreland, 41, was charged with operating while intoxicated- third offense, driving while license suspended and failing to yield to a pedestrian crossing or working on a roadway.” This is the type of case requiring a lawyer who can handle the workers’ compensation and the personal injury claims. It’s a two-tiered claim involving aspects of both Iowa workers’ compensation and personal injury along with punitive damages. The work comp carrier’s lien will need to be coordinated with the pi recovery.

"DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities have arrested a Des Moines motorist who allegedly hit a construction worker while driving drunk. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports (http://bit.ly/Sq2rsD ) that 41-year-old David Westmoreland of Des Moines was charged.”

WORK ACCIDENT NO. 5: In another work related case Ryan Beattie at the Beattie Law Firm was successful in forcing the enforcement of a judgment from a workers’ compensation award at the Iowa Industrial Commission. In Annette vs Pepple the IC award was turned into a judgment at the District Court level while on appeal in order to start garnishment proceedings to enforce the judgment. To laypeople this may seem like a bunch of legal stuff not worth the paper it’s written on but trust me it’s a big deal. Well done Ryan.


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