A tragic fatal accident in West Virginia is currently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The work accident occurred when a cell phone tower collapsed, killing three people. The fatal accident was unexpected and happened while these men were in the course of performing their normal job duties.
At the time of the collapse, four men were on the tower. Three men were as high up as 70 feet above the ground. These men, and one who was lower on the tower, were attempting to repair the cell tower and remove parts that were no longer functioning. They were trapped under the collapsed tower before the workers could complete the task.
The company in charge of the tower, SBA Communications, claims that it doesn't know why the collapse happened. OSHA is investigating the West Virginia incident due to the increased amount of injuries and deaths that have recently occurred due to tower accidents. While OSHA typically investigates all serious or fatal work accidents, the possibility may exist that the accident occurred because of dangerous work conditions.
A fatal accident related to work is always tragic, and no amount of compensation can ever undo the damage and grief. However, the families of those who have been killed could seek financial compensation through a wrongful death case. When dangerous work conditions, poor safety equipment, lack of training or more contribute to an accident, there may be avenues of legal recourse available. When OSHA has completed the investigation, there may be sufficient proof to validate a wrongful death claim. The families may also wish to pursue their loved ones' workers' compensation benefits.
Source: statejournal.com, OSHA Investigating Fatal Cell Tower Collapse in Harrison County, Jeff Schrock, Alex Hines and Kim Freda, Feb. 4, 2014