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Teen construction worker dies in scaffolding fall

Even for the most experienced worker, construction work can be a dangerous occupation. If the job site requires the use of scaffolding and other structures, the potential for a deadly accident increases, especially when workers do not have extensive experience in working on these support structures. Missouri workers who are required to work on these types of platforms face the dangers posed by a scaffolding fall on a regular basis.

Recently, two construction employees were working on a scaffolding made out of two-by-fours while working on a new home construction. For reasons that are yet unclear, the scaffolding gave way and sent the two men tumbling approximately 25 feet. One of the workers was a 17-year-old who suffered multiple injuries that were described as life-threatening. The victim was transported to a local medical center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The teen suffered a skull fracture as well as other critical injuries. The second worker, a 30-year-old man, was taken for treatment of a minor shoulder injury. The construction company contracted to build the home did receive proper building permits, but site inspectors on scene after the fatal accident issued several citations to the company for safety violations in relation to unsafe working conditions.

It is unknown whether officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have also conducted an inspection in an effort to ensure that future accidents can be avoided. The support structure that failed in this incident was described as makeshift, which may not have followed set protocols meant to prevent a tragic scaffolding fall. Missouri workers who suffer a serious injury often struggle to make ends meet while they are recovering and unable to work. Furthermore, those who lose loved ones to a work accident also face economic burdens. An experienced attorney can provide assistance in filing successful claims for maximum benefits from the state's workers' compensation insurance program.

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