Summary of Elevator Injury Accident Near 40 East and 100 South
On Monday, March 8, 2010, a brick mason fell 40 feet from scaffolding inside an unfinished elevator shaft at the City Creek project located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a Salt Lake Tribune news report, the nearest access point to the construction worker was about 20 feet above from where he had landed from his fall. It took emergency crews 45 minutes to hoist the injured victim through a rope-and-pulley system to ground level for medical treatment. The victim was taken to a local hospital with massive trauma over his entire body. He is currently listed in critical condition with possible brain trauma he sustained in this Utah accident. Investigators are still looking into what caused this man to fall from his work site and whether or not the City Creek project supervisors had implemented proper safety protocols.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family of this tragic Utah accident. The extent of the victim’s internal injuries has not yet been released. I hope that the injuries he sustained are not catastrophic and that he will heal fully and quickly.
Fault and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, officials are still investigating the responsibility and possible fault of the company that the City Creak development project is under or whether the victim is responsible for this tragic accident. Since the project is state funded, the State of Utah can also be held responsible. As Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys, we remind the victim and his family that this accident case is an intricate one with many questions and many insurance companies to coordinate and work with. We remind the victim that even the time frame to file a claim can be reduced to a year due to the Utah statute of limitation when a government entity is considered a liable party. We highly recommend that the victim speak to an attorney as soon as possible to investigate whether City Creek safety managers are responsible, if OSHA safety standards were met and whether there were proper safeguards put in place at the spot where the victim fell like safety harnesses or restraints.
How to Protect Yourself
In such complex cases such as this one, an experienced Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims about their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable accident attorney will have experience working with Worker’s Compensation Fund, the State of Utah and understands how health insurance policies applies to cases involving private companies, government entities and personal injury.
The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, will provide a free consultation to the injured victims and their family members. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and legal options please feel free to give our experienced attorneys a call at 801.506.0800.