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Multiple construction workers' accidents at Facebook site

Business is booming in California, and with it comes an increase in building. While it is not unusual for construction workers' accidents to occur, when multiple accidents happen on the same site, rescue workers and other authorities may begin to worry. Recently, a worker's fall from the site of the new Facebook building marked the second such accident since construction began this spring.

Early in the morning, the man was working on the fourth floor of the new building when he stepped on a strip of steel decking. The steel piece dislodged, and the man dropped about 15 feet. Because he was wearing his safety harness, he did not strike the floor, and his fellow workers released him from the harness. He did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but paramedics rushed him to the hospital for treatment. He complained of substantial pain.

This accident follows soon on the heels of a previous incident in which two construction workers also fell after a beam dislodged. These men suffered puncture wounds and injuries to their legs. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating both accidents, and the district chief of fire protection expressed his concern at responding to a second fall accident at the same site.

Falls from great heights can cause significant injury, even when employees are wearing protective gear. The injuries suffered in construction workers' accidents may require lengthy time off work for recovery and rehabilitation. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits include lost wages, and employees can seek assistance from an experienced attorney for the best chances of receiving the maximum compensation possible.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Steel Worker Falls At Construction Site Of New Facebook Building", July 19, 2017

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