Construction workers can face dangers every day when they perform their
duties on the job site. They are often working with heavy machinery or
equipment, and sometimes complete their projects from dizzying heights.
Unfortunately, these conditions can lead to injuries. For instance, two
Pennsylvania construction workers were rushed to the hospital recently after a
construction site accident left them both injured.
According to the reports, an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old were working
together on a deck at an apartment complex in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania,
when the 30-foot deck collapsed while they were completing their work.
They were brought to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries
and were expected to be released the next day.
After the occurrence of a job site accident such as this one, OSHA will
send representatives to the scene of the accident to perform a thorough
investigation. This case was no different. OSHA sent investigators to
determine the root cause of the accident.
Sometimes these investigations result in penalties for the employer. The
assessment and amount of these penalties depends upon the circumstances
surrounding the injury. According to building inspectors in this case,
it is believe that the deck collapsed because it was being held by nails
and not bolts.
When an individual is injured on the job, they can submit a claim to receive
workers' compensation benefits. These benefits will help them to pay
medical bills and other bills that come up as a result of the injury,
as well as lost wages for time the injured employee spends away from work
recovering from the injury.
In the case of construction site accidents, the workers' compensation
application process can become very confusing very quickly. There are
often numerous parties involved in the construction process, which may
make it difficult to determine who is on the hook to pay the injured employee's
benefits. In these cases, getting the right information can help the injured
party determine the most expeditious route to receiving benefits.
Source: WPXI.com, "OSHA inspectors investigate Lawrenceville deck collapse," Jan. 30, 2013