Construction employers know that if their employees are not educated on
proper safety procedures then there are more likely to be accidents in
the workplace. All of the machinery and materials on a construction site
make this possibility even more probable. Even with proper safety training, a
construction site accident is bound to happen occasionally, but the ultimate goal is to prevent severe injuries.
Unfortunately, a recent job site accident seems to have resulted in a severe
outcome for one Pennsylvania construction worker. The man was injured
when a 2,000 pound concrete barrier fell on top of him.
The man suffered serious injuries as a result of this job site accident.
He went into cardiac arrest and medics had to perform CPR on him while
he was in transit to the hospital.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had not yet been alerted
to the incident but in cases involving serious accidents such as this
one, they usually perform an investigation.
When an employee is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to workers'
compensation benefits. These benefits provide the injured worker with
monetary assistance in an effort to ease their recovery process. The compensation
is provided to help them pay for any expenses that they incur as a result
of the accident. Some examples of these expenses may be lost wages or
If an employee dies as a result of a construction site accident, the employee's
family may be entitled to wrongful death benefits which are also paid
by the employer. Compensation for wrongful death claims includes money
for loss of companionship, lost income, funeral expenses and other costs
incurred due to a family member's death.
Source: The Express-Times, "Man injured after concrete median barrier falls on him in Bethlehem - UPDATE," Sarah M. Wojcik, Sept. 4, 2012