Accidents happen in workplaces around the country every day, including
in Pennsylvania. The heavy machinery, high elevations and structures and
dangerous power tools used on construction sites make them a breeding
ground for job site accidents.
Construction accidents are also common because employees are often under the pressure of a deadline.
Safety protocol often falls by the wayside when management pushes workers
to finish on time or ahead of schedule. Under Pennsylvania law, when employees
are injured on the job, they are eligible to file a claim for workers'
A man recently suffered an injury -- becoming the victim of a construction
site accident in Edgeworth, northwest of Pittsburgh. Authorities say he
sustained his injuries when he fell from a ladder. The man was working
on ladder in a stairwell at the site. The ladder began to shift, and the
man was unable to keep it steady. He fell 12 feet and landed on his left
hip and leg. Emergency workers responded and got the man to a nearby hospital
for treatment. His injuries are not believed to life threatening, but
there's no information about when he might be back on his feet and
able to work again.
When employees apply for workers' compensation benefits, they may be
entitled to monetary compensation to help them pay for numerous different
financial commitments. The level of monetary recovery depends upon the
nature of the accident and the bills and costs that arose as a result.
Some of the most common items for which injured workers receive compensation
are medical bills, therapist bills, temporary or permanent disabilities
and lost wages.
Despite the risks inherent to any construction job and the pressure of
deadlines, it is important for employers to ensure that the proper safety
protocol is being followed and that their workers are kept safe.
Source: Sewickley Patch, "Worker Injured in Fall at Esmark Construction Site," Larissa Dudkiewicz, Oct. 4, 2012