Construction workers in New York surely do not like to hear about fellow workers being injured on the job. Even if those work injuries took place in another state, such accidents are stark reminders of the constant danger of working in high places around heavy equipment. Such an accident in a midwestern state has left a worker fighting for his life.
Working as a contractor on the project, the man fell to the ground from a crane about 50 feet high. The accident happened around 9 a.m. Employees who witnessed the fall said the man was not wearing a safety harness, but the Manufacturing and Labor Communications Manager would not confirm that information.
While specifics about the man's injuries were not immediately released, the fire chief who responded to the scene said that man suffered substantial trauma. He was said to be listed in critical condition. The plant manager assures that the matter will be fully investigated, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched its own investigation. Results of the inquiry may take months.
Meanwhile the man's family is likely spending their time at his hospital bed. If he is fortunate enough to survive the catastrophic injuries he suffered, he will probably need extensive and costly medical treatment. Fortunately, workers' compensation provides coverage for his medical bills and lost wages.
If he succumbs to his work injuries, his family will be eligible for death benefits to cover the cost of his funeral and other expenses. Like injured workers in New York, the man and his family have every right to contact an attorney to advocate for them to ensure they receive the maximum benefits they are owed following this tragic accident. Their attorney will deal with insurance company and allow the man and his family to focus on their own well-being.
Source: CBS Detroit, "Contractor Crictically Injured In Fall From Crane At Ford Dearborn Plant", Jan. 11, 2017