Pennsylvania businesses often implement various safety precautions to try to prevent potential injuries for their employees. However, sometimes accidents happen in ways no one expects. When injuries occur on the job, employees are usually entitled to file for workers' compensation benefits. A worker in another state was recently hurt after a metal beam fell on him.
The worker is employed with a plumbing company and was working at a construction site at the time of the accident. Officials say that while the worker was using a portable toilet, a large metal beam fell from the fifth floor of one of the buildings. The impact crushed the toilet and severely injured the worker inside.
Authorities did not reveal the details of the man's injuries, only that they were critical. He was rushed to the hospital where he is still receiving treatment. It is currently unclear what circumstances caused the beam to fall. An official from the Department of Labor was called to the scene to investigate the incident. It is unknown at this time whether the company will face any violations.
Employees injured on the job may not know where to turn in light of such a serious situation. Many decide to file claims for workers' compensation benefits. When granted, these claims can provide monetary benefits that can be used to help pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages a person may face and cover other expenses related to the injury. Experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorneys could provide more information and assistance to anyone who has suffered a workplace injury.
Source: wral.com, "Construction worker in Durham hurt when beam falls on portable toilet, police say", Nov. 8, 2017