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Construction workers' accidents: 9-story fall kills worker

Shortly before 9 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, rescue workers were called to a construction site in a neighboring state where a 12-story conversion project is underway. They were alerted after a worker fell down an elevator shaft of a building that is being converted into a hotel. Reportedly, this was one of those construction workers' accidents that occur in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in which the lack of fall protection led to a fatality.

Construction workers' accidents: The threat to female workers

While construction is a male-dominated industry in Pennsylvania, women nationwide have been involved in it for decades. Even though women represent what may seem like an insignificant percentage of construction workers, they are entitled to the same protection from construction workers' accidents. To promote this, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) renewed its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Construction workers' accidents: Preventing fires is essential

Construction sites are known to be minefields of life-threatening hazards, one of which is the danger of fires. Too many construction workers' accidents that involve fires have claimed the lives of workers nationwide, including Pennsylvania. However, safety authorities say most occupational injuries and fatalities could have been avoided had safety regulations been followed.

Construction workers' accidents: Fatal fall claims 1 life

Employers in Pennsylvania and other states must protect their employees from all known hazards. Workers in the construction industry typically face multiple life-threatening risks every day. Falls are regarded as the cause of a significant percentage of fatal construction workers' accidents, and roof workers are particularly vulnerable.

Many TBIs caused by construction workers' accidents

In Pennsylvania, hard hats are worn to protect workers from suffering head injuries. However, they cannot prevent traumatic brain injuries if employees walk around without them on. Construction workers' accidents can cause life-changing brain injuries to unprotected workers. However, hard hats do not prevent all brain injuries on construction sites.

Construction workers' accidents: 1 killed after struck by bucket

Construction workers nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, face a host of safety hazards every day. To prevent construction workers' accidents, employers must ensure all their employees comply with prescribed safety regulations. Furthermore, heavy equipment and machines must only be operated by qualified workers.

Construction workers' accidents and illnesses are compensable

Those who work in construction nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, are always at risk of contracting an incurable, potentially fatal lung disease called silicosis. Grinding, cutting, blasting and conducting other activities involving stone, concrete and brick create dust that contains respirable crystalline silica can cause consequences as severe as the worst construction workers' accidents. Exposure to excessive levels of silica dust can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease and even lung cancer.

Many construction workers' accidents occur from falls

Every Pennsylvania worker faces hazards, and some are more prevalent than others. For construction workers, one of the most common dangers comes from falls. You may spend a significant amount of time on scaffolding. Falls from these structures make up a large portion of the construction workers' accidents that occur.

Construction workers' accidents: The summer heat

Hot days are ahead for Pennsylvania. For those who work on outdoor construction projects (or even hot indoor ones), the summer heat can lead to construction workers' accidents. If a worker suffers from a heat-related illness while on a scaffold, roof or anywhere actually, it could easily cause a fall or other mishap that leads to serious or fatal injuries.

Finding medical care after construction workers' accidents

After an on-the-job illness or injury, workers may need more than one physician in order to receive the appropriate treatment. Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide medical care to be paid for by their employers and insurance. As part of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, employers are also required to inform workers what doctors they can receive treatment from after construction workers' accidents.

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