A construction worker died on Monday after falling 60 feet from a tower crane in Belltown. While working on condominiums located on Third Avenue and Battery Street the worker, a man in his 40s, slipped and fell while climbing a ladder to the crane’s cab. After landing on concrete below, the worker was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died.
The Department of Labor and Industries is investigating whether safely regulations were followed at the workplace.
A lot has been written lately about cranes collapsing and injuring bystanders. We need to remember that there are separate regulations that apply to protect crane operators. If the crane operator worked for a subcontractor his family may well have claims against the general contractor (and even the project owner if it exercised supervisory authority) for failing to maintain a safe workplace.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Worksite Injury and Workers Compensation.