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Pennsylvania man hurt on illegal worksite

A construction worker was sent to the hospital after he apparently made contact with unprotected electric lines and then fell from the roof of a building. Officials say that the man was laying bricks at an illegal construction site when the injury occurred.

The contractor who was responsible for the construction site works typically with non-union employees and had previously been cited for safety problems on another job. One violation found by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials was a "lack of fall protection", an issue which seems to have been at play in this case as well.

Sources say that the man suffered injuries to his neck and back, among other things. Worksite inspectors stopped all activity at the worksite after the accident. It seems that work was being done at the site without any of the proper permits, which function largely to enforce safety standards at dangerous job sites.

When an employee on a construction site is injured, it is crucial to assess the situation and make sure no one else is in danger. If there are unsafe conditions that led to the injury, then a portion or all of the worksite might need to be shut down until the situation is remedied. In the case of worksites without proper permits, there may have been negligence on the part of the employer than led to the unsafe conditions, in which case the injured employee at might have cause for civil recourse in addition to a claim for workers compensation.

Source:, "Worker hurt at what city calls illegal construction site," Joseph N. DiStefano, Dec. 5, 2013. 

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