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Construction workers' accidents are no strangers to tragedy

Falls from significant heights are not the only dangers that construction workers face when on the job. Faulty equipment and falling objects can create hazardous environments in which workers not only face the risk of injury, but even death. Because of this type of risk, construction workers' accidents in Pennsylvania rarely have a good outcome, and a recent accident in a nearby state cost one worker his life.

The accident took place at a construction site for a 13-story hotel, where a crane that was anchored down below the street level was in use. The crane also extended five stories above street level. A worker was stepping outside of the tower crane when tragedy struck, and a steel piece of the crane somehow came loose and plummeted 60 feet, striking him on the head. He died while still at the scene of the accident.

Specifics of the accident are still being investigated, including whether the worker was wearing a hard hat at the time of the accident. However, a witness claimed that wearing a hard had would not have prevented the devastating outcome, as the piece of steel and the attached cable had fallen from such a significant height. All work at the site has been ordered to stop as the investigation continues.

Preventing construction workers' accidents involves much more than providing workers with adequate safety gear and training. The equipment used at the average Pennsylvania construction site can be exceptionally dangerous, and it is necessary for employers to ensure that everything is properly maintained and free from hazards. In any event, the surviving family members of a worker who is killed on the job can typically utilize death benefits through the workers' compensation system in order to ease any financial burdens created by the tragedy.

Source: New York Daily News, "Construction worker killed by piece of machinery in Brooklyn", Kerry Burke, Oct. 11, 2016

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