A construction site accident in Pennsylvania generally entitles an injured
worker to state-mandated workers' compensation benefits, as long as
he is a covered employee. The majority of employees are considered covered,
though there may be some exceptions for those working as independent contractors.
The basic idea of workers' compensation is that an employee who is
injured in a
construction accidentis entitled to benefits regardless of who was at fault; the employee, employer,
a coworker or someone else.
On August 22, around 7:00 a.m., three workers were hurt in a construction
accident when scaffolding collapsed in a building site in South Philadelphia.
One 40-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition with head, neck
and back injuries, while the other two men were treated for minor injuries.
Authorities indicated the scaffolding collapse occurred at a row house
that was being rehabilitated. No further information was immediately available.
From the news report, it is not clear whether the scaffolding was the property
of the employer or another entity. While the men are presumably covered
by workers' compensation and may now proceed to file benefits claims,
the cause of the accident will continue under investigation. If it becomes
apparent the accident was caused by someone other than the employer or
other employees, both the employer and employee may be entitled to pursue
a private lawsuit for damages against the third parties.
Many workers find the laws, rules and regulations surrounding workers'
compensation claims to be intimidating and befuddling. A Pennsylvania
attorney, dedicated to helping employees pursue workers' compensation
related to injuries received on the job, may help guide and plan for a
Source: WNCT, "Scaffold Collapse," Aug. 22, 2011