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Workplace injury reported after worker plummets 40 feet into acid

In Wisconsin and states across the country, workers are protected in the event that they are injured, either through repetitive-stress injuries or from an isolated incident. Workers injured in Wisconsin are covered under workers' compensation for damages and lost wages.

Residents of La Crosse may be familiar with a recent, horrific workplace injury that occurred in New Jersey. A construction worker was toiling to replace a roof of a metal tubing factory when the roof gave and the worker feel over 40 feet. The fall alone is enough to make most cringe, but to compound matters, the worker fell into a vat of diluted nitric acid.

Reportedly, four workers worked to pull the man from the acid. According to the fire chief, one of hero may have even jumped into the vat of acid to retrieve the worker, a claim the alleged-hero's wife denies. Whether this is due to modesty remains unclear.

According to the fall-victim's brother, the victim is being treated for a punctured lung, a broken rib and burns from contact with the acid. Likely, there will be a federal investigation conducted by the Occupation and Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause of this accident and if there were any preceding safety violations. Accidents in which at least three workers are sent to the hospital are required to be reported to OSHA within 8 hours of the accident.

Luckily, this worker will be covered for his injuries under workers' compensation. Additionally, depending on the outcome of the liability of the acid vat, this worker could be able to pursue a personal injury claim for pain and suffering.

Hopefully this unfortunate worker will make a quick and speedy recovery, although due to the extent of his injuries, this may be unlikely.

Source: Reuters, "NJ Construction Worker Falls Into Tank of Acid," Andrew Chow, May 8

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