Worker Struck and Injured by Falling Object at John Wayne Airport
A 30-year-old construction worker at the new parking structure of the John Wayne Airport incurred injuries when a falling piece of metal struck his head early in the morning on Nov. 30. The Orange County Register reported that emergency personnel transported the worker to a nearby hospital. The accident investigators reported that the worker was wearing his hardhat at the time of the accident. The severity of his injuries was unknown at the time of publication.
“He was conscious, so that’s hopefully a good sign,” one investigator said.
The construction worker was on site at the airport’s new parking structure when the accident was reported at 10:35 a.m. Investigators said that the man was part of a crew driving hundreds of steel-reinforced piles into the ground for the parking structure. They said that the victim was standing on the ground near a pile rig when a metal object fell and struck his hardhat. The accident is currently under investigation by airport officials who said they notified OSHA. Investigators did not yet know what the metal object was or how far it had fallen before it struck the man.
Although worker’s compensation will most likely cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs in this construction accident, there is a possibility that a defect in a machine caused the metal to drop. If so, there is the possibility of a third party personal injury claim. If you or a member of your family has been hurt on the job by defective machinery and have questions about a potential third party claim, Irvine personal injury attorney Samer Habbas is available to meet with you. Call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today to schedule a free consultation.