A man fell victim last year to a work related crane crash. According to OSHA findings, the company he worked for failed to properly inspect the crane which resulted in his wrongful death. The crane collapsed while the victim was operating it. The mother of the victim stated that she felt the construction company got away with murdering her son.
The mother discussed the fact that the company never admitted any wrongdoing in the accident. The company has even gone as far as to dispute the OSHA findings that said they did not perform a proper inspection on the old crane. The mother feels that justice was not served on behalf of her son who was 30-years-old at the time of the fatal accident.
The OSHA report resulted in several hefty fines to the company. A total of ten violations of regulations were found during the inspection. The company was given fines in the amount of approximately $68,000. Those findings might be reversed if the original inspection is found to be erroneous. In either case, the family members of the victim filed suit against the company.
The family filed a wrongful death suit against the company after the accident. They settled out of court for a reported $1,000,000. The compensation amount might have been the result of pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other damages that may have occurred due to the accident. The monetary compensation the family received might help pay for funeral costs, lost wages to help the family pay bills that may have previously been paid by the deceased and counseling to help them cope with the grief of the loss of a loved one.
Source: NJ.com, "Family of N.J. man killed in crane crash settles wrongful death suit for $1M, report says", Brent Johnson, August 20, 2013