A late-night fatal accident at a Cincinnati, Ohio construction site is a reminder of just how dangerous this type of work can be. The tragic incident occurred on Interstate 75 when an overpass exit ramp collapsed onto the highway. Killed in the collapse was a 35 year-old construction worker from Augusta, Kentucky.
The overpass collapse sent tons of steel and concrete onto the highway, covering all the lanes. Law enforcement say the accident could have resulted in a much higher number of casualties if the late-night bridge work was being conducted during the day, instead of late at night. There are an estimated 178,000 commuters who drive on Interstate 75 on a daily basis. The accident caused the shutdown of all northbound lanes of the highway from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning.
The victim’s body was buried under all the debris, but was recovered by rescue workers, who had to use air bags and other special equipment in the search. A tractor trailer driver, who slammed into some of the debris in the road immediately following the collapse, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the accident, as well as other government officials. The company who was awarded the $91 million for the bridge work will possibly be held financially liable for any cost incurred to the state because of the shutdown, according to a spokesperson for the state’s Transportation Department.
According to the United States Department of Labor, there are almost 5,000 fatal work-related accidents every year, with construction workers incurring the highest number of fatal accident injuries. Our law firm has successfully represented many families who have tragically lost loved ones due to a work-related accident or injury.
If you have lost a family member from work-related accident injuries, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the company.