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Wall Collapse Highlights Construction Site Dangers

By December 18, 2013Personal Injury

The dangers of working on a construction site are numerous. Workers are at risk from being injured by falls, being crushed by heavy equipment, or in a recent accident, collapsing walls. The dangers of working on a construction site became evident when one worker was killed and two more were injured in an accident that took place on December 4, 2013.

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As reported by The Buffalo News, Timothy Lang, 53, of Saugerties, New York was killed when a retaining wall at a construction site in the Village of Maybrook collapsed. Two other men were injured in the collapse. Scott Winkler, 50, of Monroe, and Rafael Zakota, 37, of Queens were treated for injuries. The wood and concrete retaining wall collapsed while concrete was being poured.

Construction remains a hazardous occupation. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that nearly 20 percent of worksite fatalities nationwide in 2012 were in the construction industry. OSHA also indicates there were nearly 12 fatalities a day in the workplace during 2012.

“When safety standards are not followed, tragic results can occur on a construction site. In fighting for our personal injury and workers’ compensation clients, we have seen the life-long injuries and suffering that construction accidents cause,” said, Jeffrey Freedman, Managing Attorney. “A worker hurt on the job site is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, the property owner or non-employer general contractor may also be liable. This can be important if workers’ compensation benefits will not cover all your medical expenses and lost wages.”

Representatives from OSHA have indicated an investigation into the accident has begun. If it is determined that violations are found, the employer may be cited and fined.