Construction Worker Killed In Accident At The University of Georgia

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Construction Worker Died After Being Hit By Equipment at University of Georgia Work Site

construction accident lawyerATHENS, GEORGIA (May 25, 2024) – A construction worker has tragically died in an accident after being hit by construction equipment at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Clarke County officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. on Friday. A construction worker was working on a steam line project at the UGA campus.

Some type of construction equipment struck the victim, seriously injuring him. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

The worker was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, where they later died. A full investigation into the cause of the construction accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Athens Construction Accidents

Despite decades of improvements in workplace safety standards, construction sites are still involved in many serious accidents every year. According to Procore, “Since 2008, construction has experienced more total deaths than any other industry (and that figure doesn’t include fatalities from suicide — of which this industry also has the most). Construction professionals have higher injury rates than most other professions and experience some of the highest rates of alcohol abuse.” There are many common causes of construction accidents.

  • Falls: For many decades, falls have been the leading cause of serious injury and death in the construction industry.
  • Struck-By Incidents: This could include instances where a worker is hit by vehicles, equipment, or falling objects.
  • Caught-In/Between: Workers can be injured if they are caught in or compressed by equipment or objects.
  • Electrocutions: A large number of workers are killed after coming into contact with power lines or electrical wiring.

When a worker is injured or killed on the job, they or their family will typically have recourse through the worker’s compensation system. The worker’s compensation system in Georgia operates off of a no-fault insurance scheme. There is no need for an injured worker to demonstrate liability after an accident. In addition to worker’s compensation, an injured worker or their family may have legal recourse through a third-party liability claim.

There could be numerous sources of third-party liability for any construction accident. Construction sites are typically made up of a blend of companies that are all working together to accomplish some common goal. For example, a third-party liability claim may be possible if a general contractor fails to maintain a construction site in a reasonably safe condition. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any construction accident.

  • Medical records should be collected.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The OSHA investigation report should be examined.
  • Maintenance records for the equipment involved should be reviewed.

Construction accidents are often highly preventable. They tend to take place when safety guidelines and best practices are not being followed. Construction companies should make sure that all of their workers are well trained. This is especially important for workers who handle heavy equipment. If someone that you love has been injured or killed at a construction site, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced construction accident attorney.

Investigating Athens Construction Accidents

We at Butler Kahn extend our deepest condolences to the family of the worker who died in this construction accident at the University of Georgia. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about an Athens construction accident? Our team of construction accident attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 678-940-1444.

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Jeb Butler’s career as a Georgia trial lawyer has led to a $150 million verdict in a product liability case against Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle design that caused the death of a child, a $45 million settlement for a young man who permanently lost the ability to walk and talk, and numerous other verdicts and settlements, many of which are confidential at the defendant’s insistence. Jeb has worked on several cases that led to systemic changes and improvements in public safety. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer and ranks among Georgia’s legal elite. Jeb graduated in the top 10% of his class at UGA Law, argued on the National Moot Court team, and published in the Law Review. He is the founding partner of Butler Kahn law firm. Connect with me on LinkedIn
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