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Construction workers' accidents: Second HSR incident in 4 months

Concern was expressed about the compliance with workplace safety regulations at the site of the high-speed rail project in California. Construction workers' accidents at these sites can have devastating consequences. Following an incident in which a rebar tower toppled over on an HSR site last November, an accident on a recent Tuesday afternoon caused catastrophic injuries to a 48-year-old construction worker.

Reportedly, the critically injured worker was rushed to a Fresno hospital where he underwent spinal surgery. Authorities say a metal wall of rebar crushed the man. A spokesperson for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said the rebar wall was dropped by a hoist of which the rigging failed.

According to a family member of the injured worker, he suffered multiple injuries. These included fractures in all his ribs, his clavicle, an arm and a foot. Furthermore, he suffered severe damage to several ligaments and tendons along with multiple spinal column burst fractures, which could cause long-term neurological damage. This possibility was reflected in the reported prognosis of the surgeons who appear to be certain that this victim will never walk again.

When construction workers' accidents lead to catastrophic injuries such as those that could cause paraplegia, victims or their loved ones may find comfort in the knowledge that an experienced California workers' compensation attorney can handle the complicated workers' compensation claims for them. A lawyer can assist in all aspects, from ensuring proper medical care to claiming disability benefits to cover long-term care and wage replacement. Permanent disability benefits depend on the type and severity of the condition.

Source: ABC 30, "New information on High Speed Rail construction accident", Dale Yurong, March 8, 2018

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