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Man suffers on-the-job injury after fall from scaffold

Many people in Missouri may find their first day at a new job to be intimidating. For instance, some of their greatest worries may be fitting in with colleagues and being able to handle the job. However, in the construction or manufacturing fields, a common concern is staying safe in dangerous work conditions. This is particularly true for those who are new to the industry. One man recently suffered an on-the-job injury during his first day on a construction job site in another state.

The construction worker fell from scaffolding on a recent Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. The incident took place at a cultural and arts institution. He is 30 years old.

The new worker was actually learning about scaffolding safety at the time of the accident. He plummeted at least two stories. Although he was alert and conscious after the fall, he was transported to the hospital to be treated, police said. His condition was considered critical, as his injuries were deemed to be life-threatening.

The man’s condition later changed to guarded from critical, officials said. When a person suffers an on-the-job injury, he or she is normally entitled to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Employers in our state must buy workers’ compensation insurance so that injured employees can receive a percentage of their monthly income as well as get required medical treatment. Some employers, however, may try to deny injured employees the benefits they need. It is within the rights of injured workers to seek full compensation following a work accident in Missouri.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Construction Worker Seriously Injured While Learning Scaffolding Safety", Jessie Sawyer, May 30, 2014

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