Construction workers face very serious dangers on a daily basis, and an
accident often leads to catastrophic injuries or death. This was the case on January
29, 2013, when a construction worker fell through the floor and hit his
head while working on an apartment building. It is reported that there
was a hole in the first floor, and that the unidentified worker fell approximately
15 feet, where he sustained a fatal injury when his head hit a steel girder.
OSHA investigators are expected to investigate, and all work on the site
has been halted.
Many serious or
fatal accidents take place on construction sites, often involving
falls, whether from a ladder, girder, through a floor or from scaffolding. When
the injured worker survives, a blow to the head can result in permanent
brain damage. Those workers that do recover may have reduced cognitive
ability, or could take many years of rehabilitation and training to be
able to function at close to normal.
No matter how thoroughly safety standards and regulations are followed,
serious accidents take place on a fairly frequent basis. In some cases,
the cause of the accident is related to negligence on the part of a third
party, such as another contractor, electrical or gas companies, crane
operators or others. Each case should be carefully reviewed to determine
how to move forward. In cases in which other parties could be established
as having contributed to the injury, it may be possible to take legal
action and recover compensation beyond the benefits offered under workers'
Contact Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman for representation in workplace injury
cases. The firm has 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of