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Dramatic fall from scaffolding, injures man at construction site

Unlike other industries, construction work can be particularly risky and dangerous because workers are required to work at heights and with heavy equipment and machinery. Inadequate safety training, loose protocols and overlooking important protective gear can pose a significant threat to any construction worker. While many companies go to great lengths to protect their workers through the use of trainings and on-the-job experience, there are times when accidents are unavoidable due to human error, distraction, carelessness and even misinformation.

A recent incident in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma left one man with a significant head injury. The construction worker was part of a team responsible for removing asbestos from a building that is undergoing extensive demolition. Immediately before the accident occurred on the 13th floor of the building, the man had attended a safety meeting with his colleagues, according to the man's boss. Investigations revealed there may have been a problem with the function of a safety latch on the scaffolding's entry gate. As a result, the man fell nearly 15 feet and sustained a serious head injury. Initially, he was alert after the fall, but when he exited the building on a stretcher, he appeared unresponsive with his head covered in bloodied bandages. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was undergoing tests.

For people who have been the victims of a workplace accident or have a family member who has been injured at work, they may benefit from the help of an attorney. This decision may provide them with reliable legal assistance and knowledgeable guidance throughout the process of establishing a worker's compensation claim. 

Source:, "Construction Worker Injured After 15-Foot Fall Downtown," Emory Bryan, Dec. 4, 2017

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