Hazards in the construction industry take many forms. Safety education often focuses on sudden, catastrophic accidents - such as falls, explosions, trench collapses and vehicle accidents. However, another category of injuries takes place over time. Long-term damage to the body is common in construction work. Because these injuries don't arise from a single tragic event, but rather develop slowly over years or decades of work, they're more likely to go overlooked. Nonetheless, they can have a big impact on sufferers' lives.
On April 15, a construction worker in Pennsylvania died as a result of critical injuries that he had sustained in a workplace accident two days before. The 36-year-old man was working on an expansion project at the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia when he was electrocuted.
Those who work on roadway construction sites face dangers from moving passenger vehicles, but many accidents are caused by construction vehicles and equipment. Pennsylvania is one of the states with the most worker deaths in these types of situations, and creating and enforcing procedures for construction sites could help prevent the common causes of fatalities and injuries.
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.
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.
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.
A construction worker was killed as a result of a fall at a farm in Pennsylvania. The 28-year old man was working on trusses of a barn that was being constructed when the construction accident happened. The man fell 25 feet onto the construction site below. The fall happened during the early morning hours.
Workers injured in a work-related accident are often faced with a number of problems like medical expenses and lost wages. But fortunately they can seek workers' compensation benefits that often help alleviate the financial challenges that can arise with an unexpected injury.