Most individuals that work in the construction industry likely understand
that their jobs are inherently dangerous. However, that doesn't mean
that their employers are exempt from doing what is reasonably necessary
to keep their employees safe. In addition, it also doesn't mean that
if an employee is hurt in a
construction site accident that they are not entitled to compensation for their injuries.
If anything is true, it is likely the exact opposite. The majority of employers
in Pennsylvania are required by law to carry workers' compensation
insurance. It is especially important for construction companies to carry
this insurance so that they are able to appropriately compensate those
workers who are injured on the job in a construction accident. A man who
recently was injured at a construction site in Pennsylvania will likely
be seeking these very benefits to help him during his recovery.
The man was working at a new housing development when he was struck by
a nine-foot tall, 1,000-pound concrete form. According to fellow construction
workers, the man was attempting to move the concrete form when it fell
on top of him. His co-workers rushed to his aid and were able to pull
the man out from under the concrete slab.
The man was conscious when he was taken out from under the concrete. He
was screaming and said that his leg was injured. An ambulance arrived
at the scene of the accident and the man was transported to a nearby hospital
The circumstances surrounding all job site accidents are different. However,
in many cases, an injured worker is entitled to compensation. The workers'
compensation claims process can be very confusing and it is important
that the process is followed appropriately in order to ensure the timely
recovery of benefits.
Source: Pine-Richland Patch, "Worker Injured in Pine Construction Accident," Jessica Sinichak, July 8, 2013