Even in a poor economy, many construction workers go to work in Pennsylvania
each day building new structures or renovating existing ones. While major
strides have been made over the years, workers can still find themselves
injured on the job due to the inherent risks of the work.
Recently, a worker needed emergency transportation to a large trauma center
following aconstruction site accident at a New England community college. The electrician, who is employed by
Turner Construction, was working as part of a renovation of the school's
arena. According to reports, the man was operating a bobcat construction
vehicle when the load carried by the vehicle moved suddenly, smashing
back into the vehicle.
The man suffered severe injuries to his lower body, and the construction
vehicle had to be stabilized by emergency personal before he could be
pulled out and transported to the hospital. The incident is now under
investigation by the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
For the injured worker, the focus now turns from the job site accident
to recovery. Similar to residents of Pittsburgh, the man is likely eligible
to receive workers' compensation benefits during his time in recovery.
Lower leg injuries are common to many workers in Pennsylvania, including
iron workers, roadway construction workers, equipment operators, carpenters
and more. The money received can help address concerns ranging from lost
wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
Although workers' compensation is available to help workers properly
cope with time lost due to injury, the system can be complicated at times,
particularly if a claim is initially denied. In such cases, an experienced
workers' compensation attorney can help injured parties obtain the
benefits they deserve to put them back on track towards recovery.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Man seriously injured in construction accident Monday at HCC," Kayla Bawroski, Feb. 15, 2012