3 employees struck by girders in construction accident

Construction accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons, as Miami construction workers can attest. When a building is not built securely, it can collapse, causing injuries to employees. That was what happened at a former General Motors site in New Jersey.

On the morning of March 26, a crew was working on the construction of a warehouse measuring 500,000 square feet. Suddenly, six steel girders – including I-beams and deck struts – collapsed, striking three workers. All three were hospitalized with injuries. One of the workers suffered a head injury in the construction accident but is expected to survive.

Police investigated the scene for several hours. During this time, work was halted.

The beams were allegedly knocked over by high winds. Besides hitting the men the beams also landed on several construction vehicles, including a boom lift and forklift.

When a building collapses, the result can be serious injury or death. When the beams fell on the vehicles, it likely saved some lives. In an ideal world, the beams would have been secured into the ground and able to withstand the heavy winds. The person overseeing the construction — such as a foreman or supervisor — should have made sure that the beams were sturdy.

Employers have a responsibility to keep employees safe. Those injured in a workplace accident have a right to seek legal action in order to receive financial compensation. Accidents can cause serious injuries that require costly medical treatment. Compensation from a lawsuit can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

SourceNJ.com, “3 construction workers injured at former GM plant in Linden” Tom Hayden, Mar. 26, 2014