"I don't know, they never have".
That's an answer we hear frequently from our clients after we ask this question "Why didn't your employer have warning signs up (or other safety measures)?"
All too often, we see that had simple safety measures been put in place, a great majority of these accidents (and resulting injuries) could have been avoided.
Two construction workers were severely injured Monday morning when a crane hit a power line in West Seattle.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene, near 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Oregon Street about 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious construction accident.
Both construction workers were rushed to Harborview Medical Center with severe burn injuries.
The work site was evacuated and shut down as investigators from the Department of Labor and Industries tried to find out what led to the mishap.
Several witnesses say they heard workers yelling, "whoa, whoa, whoa" before the crane hit the power lines.
Power was out during the day to some businesses as Seattle City Light crews waited for Labor and Industries to complete its investigation.
Some of the power lines are marked with flags to warn crane operators. But there no no flags on this line where the crane hit.
A City Light worker says flags are required and that they are the construction company's responsibility.
The construction company did not respond to requests for comment.
The construction company's failure to properly mark the powerline was a huge factor in this accident. The power line was most likely difficult to detect, and these unfortunate workers weren't able to see it until it was too late.
Due to the lack of safety measures, accidents will happen more and more frequently, leading to workers being injured while on the job.
We at Loney & Schueller are dedicated to fighting for the injured worker. You have rights...rights that need to be exercised. You are owed full-compensation for the injuries you experience at the workplace, and Eric, Randy, and Sarah are ready to fight for you.
Call us at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.