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Two suffer construction injuries after high-rise collapses


Many New York construction workers deal with heights on a daily basis. There are many dangers in the construction industry, but these dangers are more common when tall, multiple-story buildings are involved. A recent collapse of a 33-story building left two workers with construction injuries.

The collapse happened on the morning of March 20 in Boston. Construction crews were working on the residential high-rise building, which will include 400 housing units with up to two bedrooms and fitness amenities. It is unknown exactly what caused the building to collapse, but the 12th floor suddenly collapsed and continued on to the fifth floor.

The accident left two workers injured. One suffered minor injuries and has already been released from the hospital. The other was in more serious condition, as he suffered a head injury. Construction has come to a standstill while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates and structural engineers assess the damage. The building is designed by CBT Architects, while AvalonBay is overseeing the project.

Although most construction companies have safety procedures in place, accidents do continue to happen. At the very least, people involved in construction accidents may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which help those injured in the workplace recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages. For example, head injuries can cause permanent damage that can result in surgery, rehabilitation and loss of mental and physical capabilities, all of which can lead to overwhelming expenses. Pursuing workers' compensation benefits can allow construction accident victims to obtain the resources they need to see them through the recovery process.

Source: CBS Boston, "2 Hurt In Floor Collapse At Building Under Construction On Stuart Street," March 20, 2014

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