Construction workers in Florida and other parts of the country know how dangerous the construction industry can be. Workers can fall off roofs, injure themselves with tools or equipment or even electrocute themselves. At Temple University in Philadelphia, workers had to deal with a collapsed floor.
The accident happened on the afternoon of July 11 when a portion of the fifth floor of a building collapsed and hit workers on the fourth floor. The building, which was under construction, was immediately evacuated. Students were inside the building at the time and were told to get out of the way. Six workers were stranded for nearly an hour as rescue crews attempted to save them.
One man was injured in the collapse. Although the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, they were considered to be serious in nature. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where is currently in stable condition.
Roads surrounding the building were closed to traffic for several days. Pedestrians were not allowed to walk in front the building as well due to safety issues.
According to a spokesperson from Temple University, the cause of the collapse was a connector that failed. The building, the university’s Science, Education and Research Center, currently stands six stories tall. When it is completed next year, it is expected to stand eight stories tall.
Construction workers deal with the most dangerous working conditions. This means that accidents, injuries and even deaths are commonplace. The workers in this situation are very fortunate that they walked away from the collapse unscathed, for the most part. Although one man did suffer serious injuries, it’s good to see that he is in stable condition, as the situation could have been a lot worse.
The accident should be investigated to see what exactly went wrong and who could be held liable — key elements that construction accient attorneys are there to uncover for you. Sometimes a construction accident is caused by negligent employers, so the injured worker may want to take this into consideration.
Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, “Construction Accident Strands Workers at Temple University” Dan Stamm, Jul. 11, 2013