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Pennsylvania worker hurt in roof collapse

Recently a Pennsylvania construction worker was hurt following a fall. According to reports, the worker was involved in an accident where the wooden trusses of a commercial building collapsed around 9:00 a.m. one morning. Apparently, the worker was trapped by the falling wooden trusses. It took rescue workers nearly an hour to free the man from the rubble and take him to a local hospital. His condition following the accident and the extent of his injuries is unknown.

Construction workers, like this man, are responsible for building everything in Pennsylvania from roadways, to homes and businesses. They frequently find themselves in dangerous situations in order to complete their work. And when dangers are so close at hand, it can be easy for construction accidents to occur. Many of these accident may be minor and require very little treatment, however, other workplace accident are very severe and can leave construction workers with serious or fatal injuries.

If a construction worker is hurt badly enough in one of these accidents, the person may be unable to work for some time - construction workers generally need full use of their body in order to safely and accurately perform their jobs. By taking time off of work to recover, construction workers may face financial difficulties. These difficulties can be compounded if the worker is temporarily or permanently disabled because of the workplace accident.

In these situations, workers' compensation may be available to help pay for the costs incurred by the construction workers and their family. These costs include medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, but can also include lost wages. While workers' compensation claims may require some proof of the accident and the subsequent injury, it can provide a financial lifeline until the construction worker is able to return to the job site.

Source: The Republic, "Construction worker hurt in Pa. roof collapse; officials say supports fell, crushed victim," Jan. 9, 2014

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