The body of Wayne Kerr, a Maryland construction foreman employed by Centerline Construction Co., was found on Thursday at the bottom of a shaft in the Constellation Energy Group Headquarters in Baltimore.
Kerr, 55, was last seen by coworkers on Wednesday and did not return home from work. His wife called Centerline Construction yesterday morning to see if anyone had seen him.
Coworkers noticed his truck parked near the worksite. They discovered his body by paging his cell phone and listening for its beeps.
Baltimore homicide detectives and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health are investigating the incident for the cause of death.
Falls are the number one cause of construction worker-related fatalities.
Other common causes of construction injuries and deaths:
• Scaffolding accidents
• Electric shock
• Compressed gases accidents
• Welding accidents
• Machinery accidents
• Trench collapses
• Motor vehicle-related injuries
• Being hit by falling or heavy equipment or materials
Although construction workers (and their families) cannot sue their employers for work-related injuries, they are entitled to receive workers compensation benefits for injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, disability, or the death.
If a third-party that is not the employer was responsible for causing the construction accident, the injured party may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Our Maryland and Washington D.C. personal injury law firm would be happy to discuss your case with you.
Missing construction foreman found dead near Inner Harbor, Baltimore Sun, February 15, 2008
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