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Construction workers’ accidents: 1 dead, 4 injured in fall

Friday, March 3, 2017

Falls cause a significant number of workers’ deaths in New York and elsewhere. Many of these fatalities follow noncompliance of safety regulations that lead to construction workers’ accidents. A recent incident in Kingsbury caused the death of one construction worker and the hospitalization of four more.

Emergency workers rushed to a Washington County bridge after receiving a 911 call reporting an emergency involving several employees. Reportedly, five DOT employees fell into the Champlain Canal from a work platform. Unconfirmed speculations say a cable that held the platform snapped at about 11.30 a.m.

Emergency workers from several surrounding areas arrived at the scene to assist with the rescue operations. Dive teams formed part of the group, and divers managed to save four workers of which three suffered from exposure and one had an injury to the chest. Sadly, the last of the five victims did not survive. Divers recovered the body of the 41-year-old man at about 1 p.m., and rescuers said not even CPR could have saved his life at that time because he had been submerged in the water for more than an hour. It is not known whether the workers wore fall protection when the accident occurred.

Injured victims of construction workers’ accidents have the right to file benefits claims with the New York workers’ compensation insurance system. Benefits can help them with settling medical bills and replacing lost wages. The surviving family of the man who lost his life in this incident may also pursue financial relief. The death benefits typically provide coverage of end-of-life expenses along with a wage-replacement package to assist with daily living expenses for a particular period after the passing of a loved one in an on-the-job accident.

Source: twcnews.com, “Construction Workers Fall Off Bridge into Kingsbury Canal, 1 Dead“, Terry Stackhouse, Nov. 4, 2016

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