A new study released in October 2011 by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) states that nearly all construction workers will experience on or more work-related injuries or illnesses over a lifetime‚ as well as a great risk of premature death. This conclusion was based off of data from multiple years and several different national sources‚ including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
The CPWR also estimates that over a 45-year career‚ a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of experiencing a disabling injury. On top of that shocking statistic‚ the same worker has a one in 200 chance of being fatally injured on the job. Unfortunately‚ Hispanic construction workers have a 20 percent higher likelihood of dying from a work-related injury. This is because Hispanic workers are often hired for lower-end‚ more dangerous jobs. Read the rest »
A 52-year-old Beaumont freeway worker suffered serious injuries in a car accident that occurred on July 20‚ 2011‚ around 10:41 p.m. along Highway 91 (US-91) in Riverside. The construction site accident happened in the freeway’s westbound lanes at Van Buren Boulevard. According to CHP‚ a 21-year-old female motorist driving a tan colored vehicle struck the victim.
The injured victim required CPR immediately following. The driver attempted to flee from the scene of the accident but was taken into custody by San Bernardino police. From the available information‚ it is clear that reckless and negligent driving of the motorist led to this serious car crash that left a construction worker seriously injured. Read the rest »
An unidentified Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District employee was killed in a Beaumont commercial trucking accident that occurred on June 28‚ 2011‚ around 2:35 p.m. near Veile Avenue‚ south of 6th Street in Beaumont.
The truck driver was also hospitalized for an unrelated condition. There is very limited information on the accident. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the accident‚ which points to negligence by the driver. The investigating officers need to determine whether the truck driver was speeding‚ distracted or was driving under the influence of drugs. If it is found that the truck driver was speeding or was driving negligently‚ then he and his employer may be held liable for victim’s wrongful death. Read the rest »
52-year-old San Ysidro resident Richard Gonzalez was struck and killed in a San Diego County workplace accident that occurred on June 20‚ 2011‚ around 9 a.m. on northbound state Route 15 (SR-15) near the ramp to eastbound state Route 94 (SR-94). According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers‚ the Caltrans worker was crossing the street to pick up trash when he was hit by a white 1990 Cadillac de Ville driven by 27-year-old San Diego native Luis Cruz.
Cruz tried to steer clear of Gonzalez but could not avoid the collision. The Caltrans worker was struck fatally. Officers arrested the driver with suspicions of a DUI‚ but Cruz passed his sobriety test and was not under the influence. Now the investigating officers need to determine what made the driver strike Gonzalez. We are still unsure if Cruz was speeding‚ on the cell phone driving recklessly‚ or distracted. Read the rest »
A 56-year old man from Visalia lost his life in a fatal Los Angeles railroad accident that took place on March 20‚ 2010 in El Monte.
The deceased‚ Roberto Ramirez‚ was a Union Pacific railroad worker from Visalia and had been working on the railway tracks and had returned to his work truck when he was hit by a commuter train. Due to the impact‚ his truck moved 330 yards from the scene of the impact. Ramirez died on the spot. Three passengers suffered from minor injuries. Read the rest »