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Construction accidents: 2 injured when deck collapses

New York owners of construction companies have an enormous responsibility to protect the safety and health of their employees. Workers in this industry face multiple safety hazards every day, and compliance with federal safety regulations is vital to avoid construction accidents. This applies especially to those who work on repairing buildings damaged by hurricanes and other disasters.

Two employees of a home improvement company were recently injured when a deck on which they were working collapsed. Reportedly, the incident occurred at a property on Long Island. The men were working on elevating a home after the structure was compromised during Hurricane Sandy.

This incident happened on a recent Monday afternoon, and the two men were the only workers present on the deck when it collapsed. The older of the two -- a 56-year-old man -- suffered critical injuries, and he was rushed to a Bay Shore hospital. The 19-year-old worker who was with him was also injured, but his injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. He was transported to a different medical facility. Investigators of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be joining police detectives in an investigation into the cause of the accident.

The financial stability of New York workers who are injured in construction accidents can be jeopardized by unanticipated expenses for medical treatment and hospitalization. Time off work may also cause income losses that can exacerbate the financial impact. Fortunately, all construction workers are covered by the workers' compensation insurance system, and victims may file benefits claims. Compensation typically covers medical bills along with lost income in the form of a wage-replacement package based on the injured worker's basic wage.

Source: abc7ny.com, "Two construction workers hurt in deck collapse in Amityville, Long Island", Michael Tatar, Oct. 3, 2016

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