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Construction workers fall, suffer severe work injury

Falling from heights can be a terrifying experience for an employee and cause severe or fatal work injury. Many victims do not escape the accident unharmed and those who survive may battle ongoing injuries or permanent disability. Wisconsin construction employees who have experienced work injury by a fall from heights while at work may require workers' compensation benefits to make ends meet and maintain financial security during their recovery.

Recently, two construction workers fell from vertically placed scaffolding while working on a 30-story building. Officials claim that the scaffolding tipped over, causing the employees to lose their footing and plummet to the ground, becoming buried in the collapsed scaffold frames. Rescue workers uncovered and rescued the two hurt workers who had fallen from about 40 feet up. Information regarding what may have caused the scaffolding to tip and collapse has not been released.

Reports indicate that the construction workers were attached to the scaffolding with safety harnesses when the work accident took place. The company responsible for the construction work immediately stopped all progress until OSHA was able to complete an assessment of the incident. They claim to take safety regulations with extreme seriousness and desire to prevent work accidents of this nature.

Both of the construction workers were hospitalized from the life-threatening work injury they suffered. After surviving a dangerous fall from heights and being buried by a construction material collapse, an employee may face a long and difficult road to recovery. A Wisconsin worker who faces large medical expenses and potential disability may choose to look into collecting all possible workers' compensation benefits to help cover the necessary costs.

Source: sfgate.com, Fall from rising S.F. skyscraper injures 2, Vivian Ho, Feb. 21, 2014

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