Many Florida residents may notice colleges and universities expanding in their local area. This expansion leads to construction, which sometimes means accidents. Three construction workers at a university were recently injured after falling from a platform. Fortunately, no students were involved in the construction accident, which was the first one at the site since the university started its expansion project in 2011.
The workers, employees for construction company Rogers Buildings, were assisting a crane operator at North Carolina State University on the afternoon of Jan. 22. They were standing on a platform and lifting a steel beam when the platform fell. The workers also fell, landing on the ground eight feet below.
All three suffered injuries. One hurt his leg, one hurt his back and another suffered a head injury. They were all taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Their current conditions are unknown. The accident is under investigation by the Department of Labor.
A construction site accident – especially one that involves a fall – can cause serious injuries or even death. Regardless of who is at fault, the three injured employees have the legal right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits help pay for medical expenses, as well as lost wages.
However, if the investigation shows that the employer was liable for the fall, then the workers may have the legal right to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit might award the injured men more money, depending on the severity of their injuries. A head injury may require lifelong treatment, and back and leg injuries can be debilitating as well.
Source: WRAL, “Three injured in construction accident at NC State” No author given, Jan. 23, 2014