Florida construction workers know that they work in a dangerous industry. Even when companies are proactive in establishing workplace safety regulations and protocol, accidents can still happen. Accidents can be caused by machinery, defective tools, falls and even a sudden floor collapse. That was the cause of a recent accident that happened at a Boston construction site.
Two workers were injured in the collapse, which happened on the morning of March 20. One worker suffered minor injuries, while the other suffered a serious head injury after the 12th floor of the 33-story building fell all the way down to the fifth floor. Once complete, the residential building will house 400 apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom units. It will include a lobby, lounge and a fitness area, among other amenities.
The men were hospitalized for their injuries. The worker with minor injuries has already been released. AvalonBay is overseeing the construction of the high-rise building, while CBT Architects is in charge of design. The companies are cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the cause of the construction accident. Construction has been halted while engineers assess the damage and determine when crews can resume work.
A construction accident can cause a host on injuries — even death. The two injured workers are fortunate to be alive after such an accident. Since they were both injured during the course of their employment, they do have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits, while modest, can help those injured on the job receive payment for lost wages and medical bills while they recover from their injuries.
Source: CBS Boston, “2 Hurt In Floor Collapse At Building Under Construction On Stuart Street” No author given, Mar. 20, 2014