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Fall from second floor causes serious injuries

Safety regulators such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration work to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses in workplaces in New York and elsewhere in the country. However, noncompliance with regulations continues to jeopardize those undertakings -- leading to serious injuries and deaths. OSHA says the annual fatality rate nationwide exceeds 4,500 workers in different industries, and falls form a significant percentage of those numbers.

OSHA will investigate a recent construction accident to determine whether safety violations might have led to the serious injuries a worker suffered. According to a report by Ramapo police, the incident took place at a construction site on a recent Friday. They said an employee who was unloading building materials using a mechanized forklift fell from the machine. Reportedly, he fell from the second story of the building under construction.

Police officers responded to the construction site and rushed the seriously injured worker to a medical facility. There is no indication of whether the employee wore any fall protection. The police report further indicated that the local building inspector would conduct an investigation along with the inspectors of OSHA who will evaluate the employer's overall compliance with safety regulations.

The serious injuries this worker suffered may cause absence from work for a considerable period. Along with medical expenses, the lost income may cause grave hardship for the employee and his or her family. The injured victim can pursue a claim for workers' compensation benefits to relieve the financial burden, and the New York insurance program typically covers these losses. Some injured victims seek the support and guidance of experienced workers' compensation attorneys to navigate benefits claims for them.

Source:, "Construction Worker Seriously Injured After Fall In New Square", Kathy Reakes, March 27, 2017

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