Falls are one of the most common and devastating construction worker injuries. Workers in California and across the country are trained to wear protective gear and use extra precaution when working at great heights. Someone falling from a scaffold or platform risks injuries such as head trauma, broken bones and spinal fractures. Any of those injuries may mean losing time on the job and seeking financial relief for temporary disability to cover basic living expenses.
One man recently fell 20 feet while working on a scaffold on a construction site that was part of a hospital expansion project. Around 1:30 p.m., the man fell from the scaffold into a trench below. Rescuers were not immediately able to reach the injured man, but after about 20 minutes, they lowered someone into the trench to help him.
Although the crowd erupted in applause when the man was raised from the trench about an hour later, the man suffered numerous injuries. Emergency workers treated him on the scene before taking him to the hospital. Doctors determined that the man had broken several ribs and suffered a T-12 fracture in the lower portion of his spine. It is not certain whether the man was wearing a safety harness when he fell.
Like many who suffer serious injuries on the job, this man may be eligible to seek workers' compensation relief for temporary disability. Seeking such compensation is often a challenge since dealing with insurance companies and employers can be especially frustrating when trying to recover from an accident. However, a dedicated California attorney can offer assistance and guidance in pursuing such claims.
Source: CBS Detroit, "Man Rescued After Fall At Farmington Hills Construction Site", June 14, 2017