If you need any more proof of how dangerous the job of a construction worker is, simply search for construction injuries at the end of the week. It is very likely that you will go weeks at a time before you come across a week in which a construction worker was not injured on the job. This is largely due to the generally hazardous conditions in which construction workers find themselves on a daily basis for the purposes of their job.
In addition to the relative frequency of construction worker injuries, the injuries actually suffered by construction workers tend to be much more serious than the injuries suffered by many other workers. For example, just last week a New York construction worker was rushed to the hospital after falling from scaffolding. A witness claimed that the victim’s head was bleeding as he was taken away, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An official investigation is currently underway regarding the circumstances of the accident, such as whether or not the man was wearing a safety harness on the 14th-floor scaffolding from which he fell. Still, regardless of the circumstances, this tragedy serves as another reminder and example of how important it is for construction workers to take advantage of their workers’ compensation benefits.
Those who are injured on the job can take advantage of their workers’ compensation benefits to ensure that they are not left destitute by an injury suffered on the job. The same is true for those who lose a loved one to a fatal accident. If your loved one has died due to a work-related accident, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation on his or her behalf to help you stay afloat financially as you grieve over your loss. It is important to seek council from an experienced attorney when seeking workers’ compensation to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Source: DNA Info, “Construction Worker Dies After Upper East Side Fall: Officials,” Ben Fractenberg and Anton K. Nilsson, Sep. 1, 2015