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Workplace falls may result in temporary disability

Workplace falls are among the most common reasons why California employees suffer injuries. Whether it is a ground-level fall or a fall from a great height, the injuries may result in temporary disability, requiring the workers to seek financial assistance to cover their basic needs. A recent accident in another state left two workers with serious injuries that will certainly keep them off the job as they recover. However, such events are all too common.

The men were assembling steel framing for a new construction close to 5:30 one recent afternoon. Working about 40 off the ground, the men, who were between 20 and 30 years old, were standing on a steel beam to which their safety harnesses were attached. For unknown reasons, the beam failed and dropped about 20 feet, and the men fell with it.

The beam's descent was stopped when it became caught in framing on a lower floor, but the sudden stop dropped the men to the ground. Fortunately, their harnesses broke, ironically saving their lives. The men were conscious when rescuers arrived, and their chief complaint was extreme pain in their legs and puncture wounds.

Many who witnessed the event say it is miraculous that the men survived the fall. The reason for the beam failure is under investigation. Meanwhile, the injured men, and many injured workers in California and across the country, can seek financial assistance for their temporary disability from workers' compensation insurance through their employers. An attorney with successful experience helping workers claim the benefits they deserve will be an excellent advocate.

Source: sfexaminer.com, "Two iron workers injured at site of new Facebook building", April 28, 2017

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