On the afternoon of March 15, 2008, a tower crane being used in the construction of a 43-story concrete-framed building in New York, New York, collapsed, resulting to the death of six workers and one civilian. When the accident occurred, the workers were said to be setting lateral tie beams; these were supposed to provide lateral support to the crane from the 18th floor.
There have been so many other construction and industrial accidents in the past which have claimed hundreds of lives, injured thousands of others and destroyed properties worth millions of dollars. The continuous occurrence of workplace accidents, despite their being preventable, only show that occupational dangers continue to threaten the lives of workers, regardless of the type of work they were hired to perform.
Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that, in 2007, worker death toll was 5,488 for job injuries, which are injuries occurring in relation to one’s job, or injuries that arise due to, and during, employment, and 49,000 for job-related injuries, or injuries which may be sustained even outside of a company’s premises (in connection to this, the U.S. Department of Labor considers as work-related any injury sustained by those working at home or working in a home office, so long as such injury or illness is directly related to the work they are being paid for); about 4 million workers were also reported to have suffered non-fatal work-related injuries during the same year. Most of these injuries involved workers in construction sites, where millions of workers are employed and regularly exposed to heavy equipment, sharp tools, toxic substances, and many other possible causes of bodily harm.
Employers have the primary responsibility of seeing to it that their employees are protected from possible workplace mishaps, which can cause job injuries which, in turn, can result to loss of income, huge medical bills, reduced earning potential, and so forth. Due to these financially burdensome repercussions, the said firm informs those who may get injured of their right to pursue compensation for any injury they have unfortunately sustained.
According to the Goings Law Firm, LLC, “Workers’ compensation benefits may be available to workers who have suffered a wide range of different types of workplace injuries and illnesses. In South Carolina, some of the most common accidents, injuries, and illnesses that lead workers to file workers’ compensation claims include: slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, repetitive motion injuries, brain injuries, occupational illnesses, chemical exposure, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, vehicle accidents, hernias, physical brain injury, back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, burns, herniated and bulging discs, and depression, anxiety, and stress.
Regardless of how the injury occurred or even if you were at fault in causing the accident, workers’ compensation laws provide injured workers important rights.