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Construction accidents: Worker survives fall down elevator shaft

Exposure to height hazards is par for the course in the construction industry, and employers must protect workers from all known dangers. Falls remain the cause of a significant percentage of severe injuries and fatalities in construction accidents in New York and elsewhere. In many cases, victims were not equipped with fall protection.

A fall on a construction site in a neighboring state will likely be investigated by safety authorities to determine whether the injured worker wore a safety harness to arrest a fall. The incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Jan. 2 at the site of a casino under construction. A spokesperson for the project said no information about the circumstances that led to the fall were available.

Reportedly, the worker fell down an elevator shaft from an unknown height. Although the severity of his injuries is unknown, authorities say the victim was alert at the time of his transport to a medical facility. This man is said to be one of over 1,000 employees who work at this construction site every day.

The New York workers' compensation insurance program allows injured workers to pursue financial assistance when they are injured while working. Regardless of who was at fault, victims may file benefits claims for compensation to cover medical expenses related to the construction accidents that caused their injuries. This includes doctors, hospitals and therapist fees. An experienced attorney can help to navigate the claims process, which typically also covers lost wages -- the amount of which will be based on a percentage of the victim's average weekly wage.

Source:, "Construction Worker Injured in Fall Down Elevator Shaft at Wynn Boston Harbor", Melissa Buja, Jan. 2, 2018

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