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San Jose construction accident lawyerA 61-year old worker was killed last month in a tragic construction accident at San Francisco’s Moscone Center involving an aerial lift and a concrete beam. The incident is hardly the first time that the company who employed the man has come under fire for workplace safety concerns. According to reports, the employer has paid thousands of dollars in fines for more than 20 safety violations over the last ten years.

Various news outlets are reporting that the worker was in the basket of an aerial lift—often referred to as a cherry-picker—when he was crushed against a concrete beam. He was working on a ramp area that leads underground on the site of the Moscone Center’s $350 million expansion project. The man worked for Ahern, a truck and equipment rental company that has been the focus of several investigations by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) in the last few years.

A History of Problems

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construction accident, San Jose construction accident lawyerAn investigation into the death of a construction worker who fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center tower in downtown Los Angeles last month has been completed. According to reports, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 36-year-old electrician contractor a suicide. The construction site fatality was the first significant incident since work began on the tower project three years ago, but the general contractor of the project is no stranger to accidents and controversy. The same company recently came under fire for a construction site explosion in San Jose that was never reported to state regulatory officials.

Fall-Prevention Measures Were in Place

Turner Construction Company—one of the most recognizable names in the North American construction industry—is the general contractor overseeing the Wilshire Grand Center project. The company has maintained since the death occurred that the incident was not work-related and that anti-fall measures were installed at the site. An on-site investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, “confirmed that no fall-protection violations were observed.”

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