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Construction accidents often involve falling debris

As mentioned in previous posts, injuries often occur on construction sites due to falling debris. Construction accidents are not all that uncommon in California since the inherent nature of the industry typically involves personal safety risk. This is not to say workers are left unsupported if an accident does occur. There are laws that govern such matters, and employers are obligated to adhere to accepted standards and regulations to keep their workers as safe as possible on the job.

A construction worker in another state was recently rushed to the hospital after a huge concrete slab fell from many stories above him. The worker was apparently standing under a makeshift roof installed to keep pedestrians safe during ongoing renovations. The 80-foot slab of concrete came tumbling down from atop the parking garage, which is six stories high.

Officials say high winds were a causal factor in the accident. The National Weather Service had reportedly issued warnings that gusts of up to 43 miles per hour were likely to occur that day. Fire fighters who responded to the accident scene closed the area to pedestrians and traffic. They also did not allow workers to access their vehicles from the parking garage for some time in case additional concrete would fall.

Severity of injuries in construction accidents vary from minor to catastrophic. In either situation, workers are often in need of benefits to make ends meet during their recoveries. Workers' compensation is meant to provide benefits to injured employees to help cover medical costs and replace lost wages. Any worker in California facing complications regarding a specific claim can seek guidance by contacting a workers' comp attorney.

Source: southbendtribune.com, "Update: Chase Tower worker reportedly out of hospital", Jeff Parrott, Jan. 11, 2017

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