Working under immense pressure in dangerous conditions with heavy machinery, construction workers are responsible for building Arizona's cities and towns. When all of the proper precautions are not taken, construction accidents easily can happen. Even when safety regulations are followed, the nature of a construction site still makes it very dangerous for workers.
Unfortunately, another Arizona construction worker recently was critically injured following a construction site accident. According to reports, the man was working on a construction site for a new charter school. At the time of the accident, the man was hanging trusses high above the concrete floors. At around 6:30 a.m., the man apparently lost his footing and slipped from the trusses. He landed on the concrete floors after a nearly 30-foot fall.
Fire and rescue crews immediately responded to the accident. The man was airlifted to a local hospital where he was being treated for multi-system trauma. Investigators will continue to try and piece together what happened and how this accident could have been prevented.
This construction worker likely has a long road to recovery ahead of him, if he survives. There will certainly be medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. If he is lucky, he will be able to return to work. However, there is the possibility that he will be permanently disabled because of this fall.
Worrying about the expense of recovery could be very taxing to this man and his family. However, they should know that workers' compensation is available to help Arizona construction workers who are injured on the job. In most cases, workers' compensation will help cover the cost of the accident -- including lost wages for permanently disabled workers -- whether or not the worker contributed to the accident. In other words, even if the construction company was not acting negligently, the worker can still recover under the workers' compensation system.
Source: AZ Family, "Construction worker injured in 30-foot fall in Gilbert," Catherine Holland, June 3, 2013