Construction workers face all manners of work environments and hazards in the normal course of their jobs. While the majority of incidents that can occur are minor in nature, there is always the danger of a serious construction site accident resulting in great physical harm. There are likely countless Missouri residents who have suffered a serious injury on the job through no fault of their own.
Recently, contractors were hired to renovate a historic site that had fallen into disrepair from years of neglect. As workers were engaged in removing debris and sending it into the construction site dumpster, the chute became clogged with debris. Two workers then climbed into the receptacle to clear the obstruction.
At some point, the chute then became dislodged and collapsed onto one of the men in the dumpster. He was crushed under the weight of the chute along with the debris. Emergency responders worked to free the 49-year-old man who was unable to breathe due to the weight of the materials. He was transported to a nearby medical center where he was initially classified as being in critical but stable condition.
Several agencies are conducting an investigation into this serious construction site accident. The victim’s prognosis is unclear, though it is hoped that he will experience a full recovery from his undisclosed injuries. When a worker suffers a serious job-related injury, he or she will likely file a claim for coverage under the workers’ compensation program, which provides monetary benefits to eligible workers. Missouri residents who have suffered a work-related illness or injury may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can ensure that qualifying claims are processed in a timely manner and that one receives all of the benefits to which he or she may be entitled.
Source: lohud.com, “Construction worker crushed by debris during accident in Tappan”, Christopher J. Eberhart, Feb. 23, 2018