A California jury has awarded $16.3M for a family whose family member was killed while building a 30-feet wall panel at the Hyperion water waste treatment plant. Edgar Gonzalez’s family sued the project’s crane operator company andiron in an out-of-case settlement of $650,000. Atlantic Construction Supply company was found by a jury to not have adequately secure wall form structures, resulting in the death of Gonzalez.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has also fined Mortenson Construction and a roofing subcontractor for $173,400 for a death during a roof construction last summer. The victim was working on the roof of the Minnesota Viking stadium when he slipped and fell five feet to his death. OSHA found that Morentson had committed a series of violations and lacked adequate safety measures to help prevent the fall.
As Construction Drive reports:
Earlier this year, a Texas jury awarded $54 million to the family of a worker killed during a 2013 renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field. Angel Garcia was catching demolished concrete with a Caterpillar loader when a large piece of concrete tipped the loader, causing Garcia to fall almost 40 feet. OSHA also fined two contractors on the project a total of $130,000 for their roles in the accident.