The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into a workplace accident that occurred on a building site in Fremont. The agency says it has another open investigation for the same location, relating to a June incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries in a one-story fall. The latest incident in which three construction workers were injured happened on a recent Wednesday.
According to the Fremont Fire Battalion Chief, the accident was reported at approximately 9 a.m. when a rebar tower toppled over at the construction site of a development that will have condominiums along with office and retail facilities. Reportedly, the incident occurred while three workers were busy with the rebar wrapping process. The three workers were all injured when the massive tower, weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, collapsed.
Two workers were rushed to the trauma center of a medical facility in Santa Clara while the third worker with less severe injuries was taken to a different hospital. A Cal/OSHA spokesperson said the construction company that employs the injured workers is based in another state. Investigators will determine the circumstances that led to the collapse of the tower while also examining the company's compliance with safety regulations.
Construction workers in California who are victims of workplace accidents might be entitled to seek financial assistance to help them cope with medical expenses and lost wages. This is typically done by filing workers' compensation benefits claims. An attorney who is experienced in dealing with the state-regulated insurance system can assist with the claims process in pursuit of maximum benefits.