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Workers in Pennsylvania get injured by collapsed roof

The possibility of a work-related accident taking place depends on several factors, ranging from the hazardous nature of the activity, the degree of adherence to safety protocols, the negligence on the part of the worker and the amount of effort made by the employer to make the workplace less prone to accidents. A worker who has suffered from an accident on the job may even end up dying, depending on the severity of the accident. Even if a worker is fortunate enough to survive, the good fortune may not stretch far enough to escape permanent disability. At the very least, a worker may incur considerable medical expenses and loss of wages for being unable to work during the period the injury is being treated. Under such circumstances, it seems only fair that the injured worker is provided with adequate compensation to make up for the losses, especially if employer negligence is the cause of the accident.

A possible instance of such an accident recently occurred in Pennsylvania, when two workers seeking to repair the roof of a carport in a hotel got injured when the roof collapsed on top of them. Preliminary reports indicated that the collapse might have taken place owing to the accumulation of ice and damage caused by water to the roof.

Fortunately, neither worker was completely trapped under the roof and both were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Given the fact that it is certainly an instance of a work accident, the workers appear to stand a fair chance of being compensated for the injuries they suffered.

Source: wjactv.com, "2 injured in hotel carport ceiling collapse," Marc Stempka, March 26, 2014

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