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Construction workers' accidents: Man injured on job site

Construction sites in New York and elsewhere around the country can be potentially hazardous workplaces. The equipment that is operated, the materials that are used on a job and the conditions of the site itself all play a part in how safe -- or unsafe -- a work environment is. Construction workers' accidents can unfortunately be catastrophic because of these factors. A worker in another state may be unable to regain his ability to walk following a recent accident at a construction site.

Reports state that a 48-year-old man was working on his job at a high-speed rail site when the accident occurred. He was working with fellow employees to hoist a rebar wall when apparently the rigging equipment failed. According to the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the man suffered serious injuries. He was transferred to a nearby hospital with multiple broken bones, including his clavicle, ribs, an arm, a foot and vertebrae. Records show that he also suffered ligament and tendon damage.

Family members state that though the man has undergone surgery, he may be a paraplegic. They have questioned whether appropriate safety procedures were followed by the construction company. A previous incident with the company was cited as a concern. Late in 2017, another incident involving rebar injured two workers. However, authorities from the state High Speed Rail Authority stated that safety is a priority for the industry.

Accidents on the job can occur in any industry, even if a company has an established safety program in place. Yet, it is possible that businesses fail to update safety procedures or do not train their employees adequately on how to properly use equipment or conduct job tasks in possibly hazardous environments. Those injured in construction workers' accidents may decide to pursue litigation against an employer in certain circumstances. A New York personal injury attorney can assist clients through the legal process with the goal of attaining a favorable outcome in the proceedings.

Source: abc30.com, "New information on High Speed Rail construction accident", Dale Yurong, March 8, 2018

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