Officials with the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health office are investigating
a recent construction accident that claimed the life of a cement worker
Monday. The victim, a local 50-year-old man, was killed in what many have
called a freak accident on a construction site in Honolulu.
According to authorities and witnesses present at the Moana Vista condominium
project on Kapiolani Blvd., the accident occurred when powerful winds
sparked a chain reaction that caused materials being lifted by a crane
to collide into a boom on a cement pump. The boom from the concrete pump
then struck the victim, causing fatal injuries.
The tragedy, while still being investigated by officials, is a loss to
the community. It also serves as a reminder to every one of the many dangers
present on construction sites. As investigators look into the details,
they should also question whether safety regulations should be strengthened
for worksites and crane operators when there are strong winds.
Just this week in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio passed a measure
to tighten crane safety regulations after a nearby pedestrian was fatally
killed in a Manhattan crane accident that took place during high winds.
Under the new NYC laws, cranes must stop operating when winds exceed 20
mph or gusts exceed 30 mph. Crane and construction operators can face
stiff fines for not complying with the new law.
Increasing development and refurbishing of buildings throughout Honolulu,
Oahu, and other islands means that workers and nearby locals or tourists
face greater risks of suffering harm. Construction sites are among the
most dangerous places, and because they are filled with many hazards,
construction operators are required by law to follow safety regulations
and take reasonable measures to ensure sites are safe. Safety regulations,
as well as the continual evaluation and revision of those regulations,
are key to protecting the lives of workers and the public.
When workers or the general public suffer injuries or death on or near
construction sites, it is important to know that victims and families
have legal rights. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Honolulu personal
injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for
clients throughout Hawaii after they were harmed in preventable accidents,
construction accidents and accidents resulting in
If you have questions about your rights following an accident or an accident
involving a loved one, our firm is available to provide the information
you need to better understand whether you may be entitled to compensation
and how we can help.
Contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner for a free consultation.