Many types of construction jobs can lead to a workplace injury, and it only takes a split second for a pleasant work day to turn into a tragedy. A crane accident in Pennsylvania illustrates just how fast a person can go from productive activity to being pinned under a piece of equipment. This particular workplace injury victim may have been lucky to survive.
The construction accident took place in late November when the crane the man was operating tipped over. The heavy machinery fell over a steep hillside, pinning the man for two hours while rescue workers tried to free him. Once the report of the accident came in, state police and local firefighters arrived at the location of the accident, where a construction company had been contracted to work on a bridge.
According to witnesses, the crane tumbled some 90 feet before stopping and pinning the man. Rescue crews tried a variety of techniques to get the man out, but all failed until rescuers resorted to old-fashioned shovels to dig him out. The condition of the worker was not known at the time of initial reports, and it is still not known what made the crane tip over in the first place.
As readers of this blog likely know, when a workplace injury such as this happens, the victim may be entitled to workers' compensation. This compensation is often crucial to victims and their families as they do their best to recover from injuries. Workers' compensation can be put toward household bills, medical expenses and rehab services, which are often far too expensive to pay for out of pocket for most Pennsylvania workers.
Source: wtae.com, "Rescuers Free Pinned Man From Toppled Crane After 2 Hours," Nov. 21, 2011