A construction accident killed one Pennsylvania roofer and left another seriously injured. The men, who were working for a private roofing company, were putting an aluminum ladder up against a home when it touched power lines. Both men were electrocuted, and the 55-year-old worker died at the scene. The second man survived the shock; EMS workers transported him to the hospital by air ambulance for treatment.
A construction accident can result in serious health and financial implications for a Pennsylvania worker, especially if the incident results in a lengthy recovery time without the ability to work. While workers' compensation is an important benefit for addressing issues such as medical treatment and lost wages, there may be other sources of compensation for you to consider based on the facts of a case. In an incident that results in a permanent disability, for example, Social Security Disability Insurance might be available. If negligent activities of a third party contributed to a construction accident, it might be appropriate to file a personal injury claim as well.
Accidents at construction sites in Pennsylvania often give rise to legal action, such as a personal injury lawsuit. An objective of such a lawsuit is to determine who might be liable for the workplace accident. Depending on the accident, there may potentially be several parties who in the final analysis bear responsibility, including the construction site owner, contractors, sub-contractors, general contractors, equipment manufacturers, architects, engineers and insurers.
Workplace safety, particularly at construction sites, has become a major issue of concern for many workers in the Pittsburgh area. Two separate accidents, one at a hotel construction site and another at a moving company, involved a scaffolding fall. A majority of workplace accidents in the area were due to falls or being struck by moving vehicles or equipment. Recent fatal accidents have been due to electric shock or accidental pinning.
Several workers involved in a roofing repair project were injured when the scaffolding used in the setting apparently collapsed, causing the individuals to fall approximately 20 feet. The incident occurred on the morning of June 16 in East Deer Township. The vice president of the company who owned the warehouse being repaired indicated that the collapse took place at 9:30 a.m. Those injured were employees of a roofing company from Vandergrift.
A settlement was reached on May 28 awards $16.3 million to a construction worker who was maimed by a 3,000-pound base stone that fell at a renovation site in Philadelphia. The man was to receive the settlement from four defendants, those being the site's contractor, the company overseeing the demolition, an engineering firm and his employer's parent company.
A Pennsylvania construction worker sustained serious injuries Aug. 30 he became trapped under an asphalt roller. The man was trying to avoid an accident on Saunders Station Road near Monroeville when the roller tipped over on him.
On July 11 at approximately 1:17 p.m., the fourth floor of the science building at Temple University in North Philadelphia collapsed. The building had been under unspecified construction. Following the collapse, workers on the fifth and sixth floors were temporarily unable to leave the building.
A Philadelphia construction worker recently sustained injuries after falling from a cherry-picker lift. The accident happened at a South Philadelphia warehouse where demolition work was underway. According to police, the construction accident happened a little after 11 a.m. on June 24.