Two groups of professionals whose labors we often take for granted but who deserve our immense respect: construction workers and firefighters. Their jobs are tough, and when injurious accidents happen on the job, these workers deserve compensation that is sufficient to the cover their health care, lost work time and other costs arising out of a work-related injury.
These concerns are likely on the minds of a construction worker and a firefighter in Philadelphia. Both men required medical treatment after sustaining injuries on the same construction site.
The 54-year-old construction worker was initially said to be in critical condition after falling 20 feet at a construction site at North 19th Street and JFK Boulevard. A witness near the scene said that a bucket crane was used to remove the injured man from the site.
The firefighter was apparently running to the scene when he fell and injured his head. According to the same witness, the injured man "looked purple" and was treated on-site with an IV.
Both workers were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where the firefighter's condition was reported as being stable.
After this double-injury ordeal, members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration moved in to investigate.
The injured workers will undoubtedly want to be aware of their options for receiving the maximum amount of due compensation. Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims and trying to minimize payouts. This can happen even in the most clear-cut situations, and injured workers often need legal support to get the benefits they deserve.
Source: CBS Philly, "Worker, Firefighter Injured During Construction Accident In Philadelphia," Steve Tawa, June 20, 2013