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Construction Workers and Workers Compensation - Charlotte Workers Comp Lawyer

Construction Workers and Workers Compensation - Charlotte Workers Comp Lawyer

Construction Workers and Workers Compensation - Charlotte Workers Comp Lawyer

It is not difficult to argue the fact that construction work is the most dangerous in regards to frequency of injuries as well as the severity of them. In fact, many of us have in some way been connected to construction injuries. For example, both my middle school and my college saw injuries to construction workers while I was a student in both buildings. Witnessing these accidents are terrifying, but that fear does not compare at all to those who are involved directly with the incident.
    Take for example the collapse of the pedestrian bridge in 2014 on the Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. After the accident, tons of called came into the 911 center and the witnesses were mostly stressed, frantic, and afraid for the workers that had been hurt in the collapse. There was video taken which showed those who had seen the collapse run over and try to help those who were trapped. Even when the emergency responders arrived, it reportedly took a while for them to get to those stuck due to the debris. This, however, was probably nothing like the panic felt by those actually trapped.
    Four workers were harmed in the collapse, with one suffering back and neck injuries, one who broke his leg, and another who was being treated for pain. Three of the four that had been injured had to go through surgery after the collapse. Unfortunately, one man also lost his life when the 200 foot area of the bridge fell forty feet to the ground.
    It was eventually discovered that the contractor for the project had previously had safety violations from the Department of Labor which included bad safety gear and a lack of training for the employees. They had received at least some of these while working on another college construction project in 2005.
    Construction is hands down one of the most dangerous things that you can do for work, so always be sure that your employer has workers compensation insurance. Also, if you see something unsafe, call OSHA immediately. You will be protected under whistleblower laws and OSHA generally does not investigate a company unless there is a complaint filed.
    If you have been hurt while doing construction work, call Collier Law Firm today for a free consultation. It will be one of the best things you can do for yourself in regards to your workers compensation claim.