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Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Accident shows the harm of improperly secured materials

Pennsylvania construction workers share numerous risks with others across the country in the course of their duties. While falls are said to be the most frequent accidents they face, other hazards such as improperly secured materials can prove quite dangerous as well.

Moving equipment, tools and building materials around a construction site is a normal part of the process. It is expected that those items are secured and transported in such a way that they do not present any unnecessary danger to the individuals working at the site. A recent accident involving a bundle of rebar illustrates the tragic results of failing to do so.

On a Miami, Florida, construction site, workers were lifting a bundle of rebar up to where construction was taking place. Something went wrong, and it crashed to the ground into workers below. One worker was able to get free himself, but two others who were impaled were not so lucky. One of them is now on a ventilator fighting for his life. Three others suffered injuries as well, but were not trapped under the rebar. First responders joined other workers in freeing the two men who were understandably crying out in pain during their ordeal.

The seriously injured victims of the presumably improperly secured materials could spend quite some time recovering. During that time, they will incur medical expenses and lose income. Applying for workers’ compensation benefits makes sense, but it is not always as easy to obtain them as people may think. It would be helpful to work with an experienced attorney who can advocate on behalf of an injured Pennsylvania worker so he or she can focus on less stressful recovery.