Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident to see if there were any safety violations at the site
New York, N.Y (PRWEB) August 05, 2013
A worker who fell down an elevator shaft and suffered injuries at a Staten Island construction site had to be rescued by an entire team of firefighters. Based on a news report in The Staten Island Advance the incident occurred July 11 at the construction site of an upcoming courthouse in St. George. The male worker was in the elevator shaft on the sixth floor of the structure at 26 Central Ave. when he fell down one level to the fifth floor, the report states.
The worker suffered a broken ankle and arm and the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the article. The worker's fall was broken by the ductwork, which prevented him from falling all the way down the elevator shaft. Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident to see if there were any safety violations at the site, according to the report.
This accident reiterates the importance of workplace safety, especially fall safety at construction sites, said accident attorney Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Based on the cases we have handled, falls are the most common cause of construction site related injuries. Sadly, we find that these types of incidents, which leave workers severely injured and permanently disabled, can be entirely prevented by adopting safety procedures prescribed by OSHA."
Wilhelm says workers who have been injured have legal rights and can claim workers' compensation benefits, which will help them cover medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. "If it is determined that a party other than the employer caused the accident, that individual or entity can also be held liable. Such 'third-party' claims are often worth a lot more to workers and their families than workers' compensation benefits. They can be a source of tremendous support during a very difficult time in their lives."
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