A 25 year-old construction worker was rescued from the top floor of a building that was under construction in North Lauderdale. Rescue personnel reported that the man suffered a neck and back injury while carry heavy materials. The building did not have any operational elevators, so the man was removed from the scene by a crane and basket. The injured employee was airlifted to North Broward Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition.
Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places where people can work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.), 25% of all work-related fatalities occur in this field of employment. The following are four of the most common types:
Falls: Oftentimes, these jobs require tasks in very high places. It is therefore not unusual for employees to fall from more than 20 feet high, for example when working on a scaffold or ladder.
Electric Shock: An accident involving exposed wiring and an incomplete electrical system is likely to result in severe burns and even death. As a result, it can knock a worker off of his/her feet and can therefore cause other impact-related injuries due to the subsequent fall.
Falling Objects: Remember the old adage, what goes up, must come down? This is especially true in the construction field. Falling objects can include heavy tools, materials and debris. These types of accidents provide good reason for taking safety measures such us wearing a helmet, gloves, eye protection and steel enforced boots. If your employer did not provide such equipment, they may be liable for other types of damages.
Vehicle Injuries: Many work sites have heavy equipment on it like cranes, cement mixers, front end loaders, dump trucks, etc. Unfortunately, employees sometimes get run over by them and suffer serious crush injuries.
Although most construction type accidents are exclusively covered under workers’ compensation law, sometimes if another company is responsible for a person’s injuries there can be an additional personal injury claim. If so, an injured employee may collect for pain & suffering among other types of damages not otherwise available.
North Lauderdale Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you, a family member or friend was injured at a construction site anywhere in Florida, feel free to contact Evan M. Ostfeld, Esquire and his legal team at The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, PA, at (866) I SUE YOU, (866) 478-3968, (954) 227-7529 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange for a no obligation case evaluation. He and his staff will examine the case thoroughly and help determine a strategy going forward. Let them ease your worries so you can focus on just getting better!