Construction workers have important jobs, but they do come with risks. We know that safety is the most important thing when it comes to this line of work, and there are plenty of state and federal laws in place to ensure safe practices. However, injuries still happen due to largely preventable accidents.
Today, we are going to highlight a recent incident that happened here in the city. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are here when you need a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Happened Here?
In this case, it seems that a worker was on a job site by himself painting the door of the elevator when he leaned back too far and fell down the shaft from the third to the first floor. The story says that there were two by four boards blocking the entrance to the shaft, but that he must have slipped through them.
The man used one of those boards to make noises in hopes of being discovered. Luckily, a coworker stopped by the site to get some tools. He found the man and called 911 immediately. The victim was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.
We are not sure exactly what went wrong here, but we do know that construction companies have strict safety regulations to follow.
Did they fail to provide this man with the necessary equipment?
Why was the shaft accessible?
Why was he allowed to work on a site alone?
All of these questions and more will be asked by OSHA as they investigate. We do know that there were around 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported during the latest reporting year in the US. Many of those were in the construction industry.
The top ways that people get hurt in construction are:
- Slips and trips
- Struck by an object
- Getting caught or crushed by an object
Construction companies must ensure they provide thorough safety training to all workers for each job they are asked to perform. They must also ensure they issue all necessary safety equipment to workers, including:
- Eye protection
- Respiratory protection
- And more
When companies fail to do these things, they should be held responsible for any injuries that occur.
How We Can Help
All employers should put the safety of their employees above everything else. If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction incident due to the negligence of someone else, we are here to help. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will work to ensure that you are fairly compensated for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the company or contractor