Q13 News reported on September 20, 2021 that a man was killed in what officials are calling an “industrial accident” at the Seattle Convention Center construction site. Not many details have been released yet, but the incident is being investigated by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).
Unfortunately, construction incidents and injuries often occur much more commonly than they should, particularly in the City of Seattle, where we are constantly expanding and building infrastructure. There are a number of commonalities seen in construction injuries and deaths:
- Typically falls are seen in such cases, especially from high places;
- Maintenance or inspection issues are often at play when dangerous tools and equipment on a construction site are poorly maintained;
- And product liability issues may also play a role in putting construction workers in danger when equipment is defective and fails to operate safely.
Regardless of fault or cause, construction workers are protected in Washington State and are entitled to work in a safe environment with protections in place to prevent dangerous incidents from occurring; however, it can be challenging to pin down the responsible party in a construction site injury or death. In Washington, you cannot sue your employer, but there may be a third-party claim who is found at fault.
Read more on our Construction Site Injury Practice Area page to learn about the entire process of handling a construction incident claim:
Navigating a construction injury or death claim doesn’t have to be difficult. GLP Attorneys has been practicing for 35 years and is well-versed in handling construction claims and getting workers and their families the justice they deserve. Reach out for a free lawyer consultation if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction incident.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the worker killed in this incident.