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Construction workers' accidents: 3 injured when shed collapses

Scaffolds typically pose severe safety hazards, which are exacerbated during the New York winter months. Employers are responsible for the safety and health of employees, and the only way to do that is to comply with federal and state safety standards. Sadly, many work-related injuries are suffered in construction workers' accidents that involve safety violations.

The New York Department of Buildings recently issued a stop work order after an incident that sent three construction workers to the hospital. Reportedly, the incident occurred in Brooklyn shortly after 8:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. A DOB report indicates that the three workers fell from a sidewalk shed that was the height of one story.

The report states that the workers were on the shed during the erection of a suspended scaffold. Under circumstances that are still under investigation, the supporting wall of the shed collapsed, causing the workers to fall to the ground. The DOB also issued citations for the employer's failure to safeguard the workers and the failure to follow code specifications in constructing the sidewalk shed.

Reportedly, the injured workers were transported to a medical facility with injuries that were not life-threatening. Victims of construction workers' accidents in New York might be concerned about the mounting medical bills and lost wages, but help is available. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist with the navigation of the benefits claims process in pursuit of financial assistance. Injured workers can expect to receive wage replacement packages if they were unable to return to work for some time, and medical expenses are typically paid promptly.

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