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Construction worker suffers serious injuries in fall from bridge

Safety officials in New York have made their concerns about the lack of workers' safety in the construction industry clear over recent months. Nevertheless, almost every week there are reports of deaths or near-fatal injuries suffered on building sites in the city and elsewhere in the state. Earlier this month, a worker on a construction crew working on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that stretches from Brooklyn to Staten Island suffered serious injuries in a near-fatal fall.

The New York Fire Department rescue crew transported a severely shocked construction worker to a medical center for treatment of serious injuries. An incident report indicates that the unidentified employee was working on the top roadway when he fell toward the lower level. Some electrical conduits saved his life when they stopped his fall about 25 feet down.

Officials say the accident would have been fatal had the worker fallen all the way to land on the lower roadway. He suffered fractures in both his legs and was only semi-conscious when he was extricated. According to FDNY officials, the employee wore a safety helmet but not a safety harness that could have arrested his fall.

New York construction workers who have suffered serious injuries in work-related accidents may pursue financial assistance with medical bills by filing benefits claims with the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program. Those who suffered injuries that caused temporary disabilities may also be awarded wage-replacement packages to help them provide for their families while they are recuperating. Many victims choose to seek the support of an experienced workers' comp attorney to navigate the claims for them.

Source: newsday.com, "FDNY: Verrazano Bridge worker breaks legs in 25-foot fall", Anthony M. DeStefano, May 15, 2017

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