The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the site of a Philadelphia construction accident last week that left a construction worker and a firefighter injured. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at a construction site located on JFK Boulevard and North 19th Street.
Officials have reported that a 54-year-old construction worker suffered a head injury after falling about 20 feet. An eyewitness said that rescue workers used an on-site crane to rescue the worker, who was apparently trapped several feet off of the ground. The worker was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is said to be in stable condition.
The eyewitness said the firefighter suffered injuries after collapsing while running to the perimeter of the construction site. At this point, it is unknown what caused the firefighter to collapse. The eyewitness said the firefighter hit his head and looked purple when rescue workers brought him to an ambulance.
Construction sites can be extremely dangerous to workers and passersby, especially if the proper safety guidelines are not followed. Officials reported that OSHA inspectors were called to the scene of this accident, presumably to determine if safety hazards contributed to the worker’s fall or the firefighters injuries.
Even though accidents are common at construction sites, it’s not always easy to hold the owner of the premises or the construction company liable in a Pennsylvania personal injury case. In addition to demonstrating that the property owner was negligent in some way, the plaintiff also needs to prove that the negligence directly caused his or her injuries.
In cases where this can be proven, the injured party may be entitled to current and future medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related costs.
Source: CBS Philly “Worker, Firefighter Injured During Construction Accident In Philadelphia,” Steve Tawa, June 20, 2013