Construction Accidents

Man dies in oil field water tank, another suffers broken ankle

A welder died and a superintendent was rushed to a hospital with a leg injury after a Wednesday morning accident inside a water tank in an Oildale oil field.

Authorities said the accident occurred when a temporary platform the two men were standing on gave way at about 9:30 a.m.

The welder, 54-year-old Barry Snelson of Oildale, suffered a head injury and the superintendent fractured his ankle, said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for Cal-OSHA, which is investigating the accident.

The superintendent was not identified. Fryer said both men were working for Brahma Group Inc., an engineering and contracting firm based in Salt Lake City.

Brahma could not be reached for comment.

While details remain sketchy and agencies on the scene provided sometimes contradictory accounts, Fryer said the two workers were testing the tank at the time of the accident.

“What they were doing was bringing water, pumping water into the tank to see where there may be leaks,” he said.

Kern County Fire Capt. Eric Coughran said the men were cleaning up after a welding repair job from the night before.

Coughran said the man with the leg injury was pulled out with a harness about an hour after the accident. He was taken to Kern Medical Center.

Shortly after, the other man was pulled out. He was then pronounced dead at the scene, Coughran said.

The tank measures 15 feet high and 10 feet wide with an 18-inch opening for entry and exit.

The tank is part of Live Oak Cogen, a 46 megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant located in an oil field about 1 1/2 miles west of South Granite Road. In addition to generating electricity, the facility sells steam for heavy oil production nearby.

Snelson’s widow, Diane, said he was a safety-conscious, honest family man who was “excited” to join Brahma earlier this year after being without full-time work for a few months.

“He loves the company that he works for, loves all the people that he was working with. They’re an awesome company,” she said.

Snelson had worked as a welder since the age of 18, she said, describing him as “very safety oriented and very easy-going gentleman.”

The couple have three children: Nicole, 30, living in Clovis; Julie 28, in South Carolina; and Anthony, 25, who lives with his parents.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured  workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of  workplace site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding workplace accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

With over 20 years of experience, Gary A Kessler has earned the respect of our colleagues and the courts in California and nationwide for our personal injury work.  We have achieved a winning record on behalf of our clients, and we are proud of our successful cases that lead to safety improvements through strengthened laws and product recall.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, we encourage you to contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today for a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cal-OSHA investigating Arvin tank explosion that kills one, critically injures another

ARVIN — The explosion of a decommissioned crude oil tank in a vacant field just north of a stretch of businesses killed one man, critically injured another and left questions unanswered about what safety procedures the men used as they worked on the tank.

The men were using a torch to dismantle pipes on top of the tank when vapors inside ignited, blowing the 16,800-gallon container some 30 feet in the air and a distance of 79 feet, firefighters reported.

Arvin resident Cesar Martinez, 24, was carried some 50 feet into the air and more than 100 feet away, Kern County Fire Department Capt. Derek Tisinger said. Martinez died just after 9 a.m.

The other worker, identified by their employer Sky-Brand Services as 33-year-old Eric Robles, was thrown into a nearby chain-link fence.

The workers believed the tank was empty, Tisinger said.

The incident happened in the 300 block of Campus Drive, in a field a couple of hundred feet behind a Dollar Tree.

There was no resulting fire and no other people were injured, officials said. No evacuations were required.

Iram Rocha was in the area talking to an Arvin police officer when it happened. He said he saw a big piece of the tank fly and a man’s body fly through the air.

“You could feel it all over,” Rocha, speaking through a Spanish translator, said of the blast.

The person he saw had suffered obvious head trauma, Rocha said. Rocha was so shaken by what he observed that he walked to a patch of grass behind a nearby Burger King just to be alone and get his emotions under control.

Cal-OSHA investigators determined the two men were assigned to demolish the tank and that Martinez was removing pipe that was to be recycled as scrap metal, agency spokesman Peter Melton said.

“He was using a cutting torch on an enclosed pipe, and apparently gas might have escaped and it ignited,” Melton said. It was unclear who owned the tank and when it was decommissioned, he added.

Sky-Brand partner Dale Hill said Martinez and Robles were removing steel pipeline from the exterior of the tank. He said the company has done similar work on numerous oil tanks and hasn’t had problems.

“We do everything we can to make sure every precaution is being taken,” Hill said

In the oil industry, however, the common practice is to keep all flames at least 50 feet away from an oil tank, said Bakersfield oilman Chad Hathaway.

“Fire and gas, they don’t make a good combination,” he said.

Sky-Brand specializes in site cleanup and demolition work, removing scrap metal and selling it, Hill said.

He said he hadn’t yet been able to talk to the Martinez family, and they were being looked after by family and friends. He said the accident has left him and others devastated and the business is looking to see what the final investigation turns up.

Martinez had been employed by Sky-Brand for two years, Robles for six months, Hill said.

The tank’s operator of record was Davis-based Sun Mountain Oil and Gas, according to the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. The division also reported that the accident took place in the H.S. Jewett lease in the Mountain View oil field.

Sun Mountain Oil and Gas could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Arvin Police Chief Tommy Tunson walked around the blast area, surveying the scene. Arvin police provided traffic control and made sure residents didn’t cross the yellow emergency tape roping off the area.

Tunson described the incident as very tragic and he expressed his condolences to the family of Martinez and Robles. He said firefighters responded immediately and did an excellent job.

Police will not be involved in the investigation as it’s an industrial accident, he said.

“If the wrong thing is done I guess anything can happen,” Tunson said regarding the power of the explosion.

The explosion was not close enough to impact Arvin High School operations, but some kids who walk home on Campus Drive were rerouted, said John Teves, spokesman for the Kern High School District.

Fourteen county firefighters responded to scene, where they were assisted by the county’s Environmental Health Services Department, Hall Ambulance, Arvin Police, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and a chaplain from Kern Medical Center, Tisinger said.

Cal-OSHA’s Melton said the agency’s investigation could take up to six months, during which time it hopes to find out exactly what the two men were doing, what safety precautions were taken, what regulations apply to demolishing such equipment and whether the right tools were being used.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

Fires and explosions are sudden and devastating, destroying homes and buildings, and causing physical injuries and death.  Burn injuries are painful and disfiguring, and require long recovery periods.  Smoke inhalation, and inhalation of toxic fumes and gases from flammable fabrics and furniture stuffed with polyurethane foam, cause added injury and increase the likelihood of death.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler regularly represent plaintiffs in cases of catastrophic injury and wrongful death in fires and explosions caused or exacerbated by unsafe premises, unsafe construction sites, and unsafe products.

Faulty electrical wiring and furnaces, gas leaks, malfunctioning or absent smoke detectors, inaccessible or inadequate escape routes, the pressence of flammable fabrics and furniture, and the presence of dried vegetation that can fuel wild and urban interface fires are all examples of sources of liability for property owners or product manufacturers.

Determining the cause of a fire or explosion requires extensive experience and thorough investigation involving engineering, electrical, and gas line experts as well as fire scene experts.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler has the experience and the resources to effectively prepare and litigate cases on behalf of plaintiffs and family members injured or killed in fires and explosions.

With over 20 years of experience, Gary A Kessler has earned the respect of our colleagues and the courts in California and nationwide for our personal injury work.  We have achieved a winning record on behalf of our clients, and we are proud of our successful cases that lead to safety improvements through strengthened laws and product recall.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a fire, we encourage you to contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today for a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drowning deaths: Civic body slaps Rs 50,000 fine on contractor

A day after three brothers drowned in a pit dug along the Mithi river in Kalina, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fined the contractor a meagre Rs 50,000. The civic body also sent a showcause notice to Shyam Narayan on Wednesday, asking him to explain the security lapses around the construction site in terms of proper barricading. BMC officials admitted that the security guards employed by the contractor were not present at the site on Tuesday since it was a public holiday.

While the Kurla police station had earlier named MMRDA officials in the FIR on Tuesday, on Wednesday it was made clear by MMRDA that the work was being done by the BMC. “Investigations showed that the BMC contractor is responsible for the negligence that claimed the lives of three children. We have now named the contractor in the probe,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni.

According to senior civic officials, contractors are responsible for maintaining security around construction sites. They are expected to adhere to the tenders conditions, whereby they are expected to adequately barricade the construction site and deploy security guards to monitor the area. Often, however, the tin barricades are stolen by local residents who sell them in the scrap market.

Chief engineer (storm water drains) L S Watkar said, “We have taken the necessary action by penalising the contractor. He has been asked to respond to the security lapses.”

“Anyone can easily trespass to the trench after crossing the premises of Kailas Parbat residential building at Kapadia Nagar. People from our slum have been regularly complaining to all agencies and the police department to put in place security measures since most of the children play here for lack of any other place,” said Azhar Chaudhury, resident of the area and uncle of the three children who drowned on Tuesday.

Eight-year-old twins Abdul Rahim and Abdul Karim and 12-year-old Abdul Aziz were playing in the open area adjacent to the river at Kapadia Nagar on CST Road when the incident took place. The pit was dug as part of the ongoing Mithi river project being undertaken by the BMC, under which retaining walls are being built to train the flow of the river.

Construction accidents and wrongful death liability

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

Construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention necessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

 

Forklift accident kills laborer

A forklift accident killed a 32-year-old laborer yesterday in Mojave Desert community of Helendale where the victim was helping to line a waste water pond, San Bernardino County coroner’s officials say.

Jose Reyes died at the scene of the 9:14 a.m. accident Thursday along the 14400 block of Cougar Road, said coroner’s spokeswoman Sandy Fatland. Helendale is roughly mid-way between Victorville and Barstow.

The forklift was moving heavy rubber rolls that were being used to line the pond, Fatland said. It’s unclear exactly what happened because no witnesses saw the accident, she said.

The Santa Ana resident suffered a head injury, though he was wearing a helmet, Fatland said.

The death is being investigated by deputy sheriffs and Cal-OSHA.

 

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

California construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all construction accident and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party!

 

 

 

 

Man badly hurt when thrown in rock crusher in Irvine

IRVINE – A construction worker suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown into a rock crusher at a construction site Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident was reported at about 12:50 p.m. at the 8700 block of Irvine Center, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone.

Stone said it appears the man, who was roughly in his late 30s to mid-40s, was entangled in a conveyor belt and was dumped into a rock crusher.

The man yelled and screamed and his co-workers hit the emergency button before he went through, Stone said.

He suffered life-threatening head injuries and was taken to Mission Hospital, Stone said.

It took about 15 minutes for the Fire Authority urban search and rescue team to remove the worker, Stone added.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

California construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all construction accident and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party!

 

 

 

 

Man buried, dies when hillside collapses in Milpitas

 

When authorities arrived in a gated Milpitas hills community this weekend, they were expecting the worst: 911 dispatchers had reported a bad accident at the site where a construction crew was building a small mansion.

They found something even more gruesome than they could have imagined: a worker buried alive, crushed by an avalanche of soil. He was dead by the time rescue workers arrived, with only the top of his head visible.

Now police and state investigators are considering filing criminal charges against the contractor, who they say shouldn’t have been working at the site.

Just three days before Saturday’s deadly accident, city inspectors deemed the site was too dangerous and ordered the construction company to stop all work immediately. A combination of poor work by the contractor and the previous weekend’s rains increased the risk of the steep hillside collapsing, city officials said.

 

But the contractor, Fremont-based U.S.-Sino Investment, kept working on the new 5,800-square-foot house, anyway, city officials said Monday. A 37-year-old carpenter was doing wood work in a 12-foot ditch when it caved in, crushing him and killing him almost instantly, authorities said.

“It’s is one of those heartbreaking situations,” said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA, the workplace safety agency that is investigating for the state.

Making this situation even more unusual, Monterroza said, was that it was initially too dangerous to remove the body. If officials jumped into the ditch, they would risk being buried, too, she said.

Late Monday evening, officials had finally pulled away the dirt and plywood and removed the body. But they have been unable to identify him.

The other half-dozen workers who were at the site at 814 Calaveras Ridge Drive were working on another part of the home when the accident occurred around10 a.m.They were all uninjured.

Late Monday evening, officials had finally pulled away the dirt and plywood and removed the body. But they have been unable to identify him.

The other half-dozen workers who were at the site at 814 Calaveras Ridge Drive were working on another part of the home when the accident occurred around10 a.m.They were all uninjured

Many questions remained unanswered Monday.

The Milpitas police and fire departments and theSanta Clara County coroner all referred comment to the city’s building department.

A man who answered the cell phone of Richard Liu, who is listed as the CEO of U.S.-Sino Investment, declined to comment and hung up on a reporter.

The city’s chief building official, Keyvan Irannejad, said authorities won’t know until Tuesday at the earliest whether criminal charges will be filed.

Irannejad said the workers had previously cut a 12-foot-deep hole at the site to build the house’s foundation. But they didn’t put any system in place to “shore” the hole to ensure the trench would not collapse, Irannejad said.

After city building inspectors visited the site Wednesday, they issued a stop-work order until U.S.-Sino could prove they had shored the trench. Anyone found violating the order can be fined $1,000, but the city had not gone back to enforce it.

“They just ignored our stop-work notice,” he said. “When we got there (after the accident), we didn’t know they’d been working.”

Irannejad said Milpitas has never worked with U.S.-Sino before the permit was issued for the house in August. Monterroza said the state has no record of violations at the company, which began operating in 2008.

U.S.-Sino could face fines, and both police and Cal/OSHA could recommend prosecutors file criminal charges.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction wrongful death claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris, that injured party or heirs of his estate may pursue a wrongful death claim , for example.  a general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

California construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all construction accident and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party!

 

 

 

 

Worker Dies In Palm City Construction Accident

SAN DIEGO – A 58-year-old construction worker was killed Tuesday when the aerial-platform machine he was operating toppled over at an equipment yard, authorities reported.

The fatal accident occurred as the man was unloading the boom lift — a type of apparatus sometimes called a “cherry picker” — from a flatbed truck at the lot in the 800 block of Hollister Street in the Palm City neighborhood shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The machine tipped over and fell to the ground after one of its wheels slipped off the the edge of the truck while the worker operated it from inside its extendable basket, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

The man, who would have turned 59 on Saturday, died at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, will investigate the fatality.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

California construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all construction accident and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party!

 

 

 

 

Thousand Oaks man reportedly killed in Santa Barbara showgrounds accident

A Thousand Oaks man reportedly was killed Monday in Santa Barbara as he dismantled equipment used during a rodeo at the Earl Warren Showgrounds last weekend, a Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman said.

A 1,500-pound monitor fell on the man around 1 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found workers had moved the screen off the man, who was unconscious and not breathing, said Brian Hayden, an engineer and inspector with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

“CPR was performed on him on the way to Cottage Hospital, which is just the short distance away,” Hayden said.

The man’s identity could not be confirmed, but he reportedly was a Thousand Oaks business owner.

Cause of the Showgrounds Accident

The accident that occurred on August 8th remains under investigation by authorities. However, based on the limited information provided by KSBY and KYET, it is unclear why the  1500lb. Jumbotron LED screen fell on Mann. Hopefully authorities can come to a conclusion of what happened and why.

Fault and Wrongful Death Liability

Accidents such this one have unique and complex issues. The general contractor, and all subcontractors at the site where the Jumbo Screen was being installed, have a duty to make the working environment as safe as possible. If for any reason a party was negligent in maintaining a safe work area, they will be held liable for all injuries or fatalities that occur. Therefore, family members of the victim are well advised to seek an experienced California wrongful death attorney. A knowledgeable attorney who has the experience in these particular accidents can hire a private investigator to take photographs, interview witnesses and gather evidence to determine fault. The attorney can also protect the families legal rights  and possibly receive compensation for funeral/burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages relating to this horrific tragedy.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is a prominent and highly respected law firm in California and the United States.  Gary A Kessler has been serving the people as an experienced wrongful death attorney for over twenty years dedicated and committed to obtaining the best results for his clients in each and every case.  Through experience and education, our firm is able to expertly evaluate complex medical injuries and pursue wrongful death claims.

The term “wrongful death” is defined as the death of an individual as a result of the negligence, carelessness, intentional act of another individual, corporation, company or entity.  Filing a proper wrongful death claim is extremely difficult and complex for families because they are not only dealing with their grief over the death of a beloved family member, but also complex issues of compensation as well.  Wrongful death claims are usually sought after by relatives, siblings, or members of the decedent’s estate who have lost a considerable amount of money as well as loss of support and grief due to the wrongful death of the decedent.

In most states, if the death of a relative or spouse was caused by the wrongful act of another, surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.  In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be able to prove that you will experience severe future emotional and financial hardship because of the loss of the death of a relative, family member or spouse.

The laws regarding wrongful death cases are complex and include many facets of the law.  It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced wrongful death lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

The California wrongful death attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme grief and sorrow associated with the loss of a loved one.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your wrongful death case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all wrongful death and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm.

Beaumont water district worker dies in crash

An employee with the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District died in a work site crash Tuesday in Beaumont.

Ricardo Flores, 24, of Beaumont was pronounced dead at the scene on Veile Avenue near Sixth Street at 2:44 p.m., Riverside County coroner’s officials said.

Flores was marking the street when he was struck by a stake bed truck. Beaumont police are investigating the crash.

Construction Accidents

In California, construction is one of the largest industries.  In fact, the construction industry ranks third in the nation for accidental deaths.  Our office, over the years, has the experience of handling the following complex construction site third party accidental death and/or serious injury cases:

 

  • Digging a trench without adequate bracing which killed the worker in “cave-in”;
  • Forklift (rollover) leg amputation;
  • Crane scooper collapses on Plaintiff, crushing Plaintiff’s legs;
  • Electrocution;
  • Backing of truck loaded with asphalt on construction site without proper warning device, crushing and killing workers
  • Nail gun accidents;
  • Construction site falls (i.e. numerous cases where “no safety nets on lines” were provided to workers);
  • Worker was injured by dangerous animal on the premises;
  • Falls;
  • Falling construction materials;
  • Subcontractor or painters and workers deaths from suffocation due to inadequate ventilation by general contractor during construction projects;
  • Crane fatalities:
  • Contact with overhead power lines:
  • Defective scaffolding components: and
  • Burn cases.

Even though California has strong safety standards and regulations, many construction workers are forced to work in dangerous conditions and sustain serious injuries or wrongful deaths due to the employer, contractors, manufacturers and property owners actions.

Beyond Workers’ Comp

Many injured construction workers assume they are only able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job site.  A careful analysis of the accident by an attorney experienced in construction injury claims may reveal other sources of financial compensation.  If an employee of another subcontractor was responsible for the falling debris that injured you, we may pursue an injury claim against his or her employer, for example.  A general contractor who failed to maintain a safe workplace may also be liable.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have a long history of winning impressive results for construction injury victims and the family members of those who died a wrongful death due to construction accidents.

If you or a loved one is involved in a construction site accident:

  • Insist that a governmental report is filed by Cal Osha, police department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, etc.;
  • Photograph accident scene immediately;
  • Shut up!  Do not talk to anyone about the accident or your injuries other than your attorney or doctor, never to an insurance adjuster for the construction site or construction site investigator.  Do not volunteer a statement to any insurance company. Sign absolutely nothing without consulting an experienced lawyer.
  • Keep all receipts for all medical expenses and/or funeral bills and wage loss records.
  • Seek prompt medical attention from the hospital and/or your own doctor.- Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler an experienced law firm immediately to protect your rights and to preserve the evidence of the construction site accident!

Demand accountability from those responsible for the dangerous conditions of the construction site accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding construction accident cases are complex and include many facets of the law. It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

California construction accident attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a construction site accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and construction accident cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention neccessary to obtain a successful result for your case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all construction accident and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm. Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible party!

 


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