The Seattle Fire Department’s (SFD) technical rescue team helped to rescue two construction workers from a construction site at 600 Leonora Street on Thursday around 12:40pm.
According to the SFD, three construction workers were injured apparently due to a machinery malfunction. Two of the construction workers were in a pit 60 to 75 feet below ground. The construction company’s crane was used in the rescue.
Two workers were taken to the hospital with ankle injuries and one worker suffered a minor head injury.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were 4,114 American workers killed on-the-job in private industry in 2011. Of those killed, approximately 17% were construction workers.
Hit by an object accidents — as construction materials are being moved around a construction site, workers can be injured when a material or piece of equipment strikes a worker. Being struck by a moving object can result in a head injury, fractures and back or neck injuries.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the causes of death in construction accidents. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by uneven walking surfaces, wet or icy floors, greasy floors or due to construction debris. Other workplace falls occur when a worker falls of a ladder or elevated structure such a scaffold. Slip and fall accidents can result in head injuries, fractures, or back injuries.
Crushing accidents are a type of accident in which a worker becomes crushed or pinned when a trench collapses or crushed by a piece of machinery or falling construction materials.
Electrocution accidents occur when a worker comes into contact with faulty wiring, downed power lines or other electrical hazards.
Washington law requires employers to carry workers compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault industrial insurance and provides benefits such as medical treatment for injured workers. Workers’ compensation pays for medical and hospital services and provides compensation for workers who are unable to work due to their injuries.
This information is provided by The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington providing legal services to workers injured in Washington state. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction accident, you may wish to consult with an attorney regarding your workers’ compensation claim. Contact us to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087 or use our contact form.
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