A construction site accident that occurred on March 12 left one worker
injured. The man fell from a ladder while working on a remodeling project
at a car dealership in Pennsylvania.
Police responded to the report of a man being injured on the job. The
injured worker told authorities he was taking measurements when the ladder he was standing
on slipped, causing him to fall 10 to 15 feet to the ground. He was working
on upgrading the façade of the car dealership at the time of the
accident. A local news report did not indicate if the project was being
conducted in accordance with proper safety regulations.
Ambulance operators who responded to the scene assessed the man's injuries,
which were deemed to be serious, and he was airlifted to the University
of Pennsylvania Hospital.
The man was working as a contractor and was not an employee of the dealership.
Rather, he was officially employed by a Pennsylvania construction company.
Presumably, OSHA will conduct an investigation of the incident.
As readers in Pittsburgh likely know, construction work can be extremely
dangerous, and injuries on construction sites are frequent. With so much
heavy equipment around and such a high risk of falling from high places,
construction workers are too often subject to spinal cord injuries, brain
injuries, electrocution, broken limbs, amputation and even death.
Due to the nature of construction sites, workers' compensation claims
can become complicated. The circumstances of an injury may not only result
in a workers' compensation or a wrongful death claim; an incident
could also warrant a third-party injury claim. Any Pennsylvania worker
with questions about workers' comp benefits will want to look into
all of the legal options for obtaining the maximum amount of compensation
during what is surely a trying time of recovery.
Source: Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, "Contractor Falls From Ladder at Carfagno Chevrolet," Tom Sunnergren, March 12, 2012