An August 10th, 2018 construction death has been described as a freak accident, but details of the incident indicate it could have been preventable. The death occurred when a worker utilizing a saw fell, bringing the saw down with him. The saw cut into his neck, killing him.
There are a number of potential safety concerns that should have been addressed by the contractor to prevent an incident such as this from occurring. Whenever dealing with a power tool on an elevated level, additional precautions should be taken. When dealing with a large saw, those precautions should include some method of securing the worker in place so that a fall cannot occur. Manipulating lumber and other materials around a saw it always difficult, and shifts in weight and center of gravity are very common and potentially hazardous.
Properly securing tools is nearly as important as properly securing workers. Table saws and other large power tools should be situated far enough from any ledges that there is no risk of falling. Other power tools should be regularly inspected to ensure proper function. A malfunctioning tool poses a major risk to whoever is handling it. In the rare case when a tool must be utilized in a potential fall area, railings should be put in place to minimize the risk.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction accident, recognize that all too often these accidents occur because properly safety protocols are not established and followed. All too often expediency is the name of the game, and the health of workers takes a backseat to profits. Please consult with an experienced attorney regarding your case, and hold any negligent parties responsible for their inactions.