Roofer Falls to Death at University of Oklahoma

A second fatal fall in approximately a two week span occurred on the University of Oklahoma campus this week.  On Monday, construction worker Colby Shaw fell from a work site at OU's Headington Hall, the university's new athletic dormitory currently under construction.  Though co-workers administered first aid and quickly called emergency services, Shaw later died at a hospital of blunt force injuries sustained in a fall.  Shaw's death occurred slightly more than two weeks after University of Oklahoma student Casey Cooke died of fall injuries after falling from a fire escape at Evans Hall. Flintco, the company overseeing construction of Headington Hall, requires workers to wear safety harnesses fastened to tie-off points on the building.  Flintco spokeswoman Dana Birkes said that Shaw was apparently not properly secured to the building.  Shaw's death was ruled accidental, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Oklahoma construction site accident lawyers see first-hand that job site accidents can be among the most devastating accidents, often resulting in catastrophic injury or death.  With workers using heavy machinery and working from significant heights, the risk of a serious accident can be great.  As personal injury and wrongful death attorneys, these lawyers help individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones in construction site accidents including:

  • Scaffolding accidents - scaffold collapse, worker fall, falling objects
  • Ladder accidents - unstable ladder, worker fall
  • Falling objects - tools, equipment, nuts and bolts, building materials
  • Unsafe construction equipment - equipment malfunction, defective equipment, improper maintenance, lack of safety measures
Violations of safety protocols can be deadly.  OSHA reports that construction site accidents are among the most common and most severe of all workplace accidents.  More than 135,000 workers are injured on construction sites each year, with more than 1,000 construction workers killed in preventable accidents.  Falls, faulty equipment, defective tools, and hazardous materials can all cause significant injuries including traumatic brain injury, blunt force trauma, burns, loss of limb, spinal cord injury, eye injury, paralysis, and even death.  Those injured in construction site accidents often face tremendous medical expenses and extensive rehabilitation.  Sometimes, a job-site accident results in a permanent disability rendering a worker unable to return to gainful employment.  If the worker dies as a result of his or her injuries, the surviving family is often saddled with funeral and burial expenses and the loss of primary or supporting income.  While Workers Compensation covers most workplace accidents, construction site accidents are often the result of negligence, making these cases eligible for personal injury litigation.  Consult an attorney to find out if you may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

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