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Pennsylvania man injured after lift topples

A construction worker was hard at work when his mechanical boom lift tipped over, leading to multiple injuries. Work was being done on a Philadelphia cathedral when the man fell 50 feet from the top of the boom lift. The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation into this construction worker's accident in order to determine if the worksite was unsafe for the injured man.

Immediately after the lift fell over, the man's co-worker rushed to his aid. The man was unconscious immediately after the fall. Eventually, the co-worker was able to rouse the man from his unconscious state and the man immediately began to scream with pain. When paramedics arrived, they sent him to a local hospital to receive treatment for a broken leg and other head and neck injuries.

At this point, there is no indication as to why the mechanical lift tipped over. That is why OSHA officials are looking into the circumstances of the accident. The street near the accident site was closed off for several hours, until the lift could be removed from the scene.

Construction sites almost always carry a certain level of danger, especially when heavy machinery is being operated. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that a construction site is as safe as possible for workers. Without safe working conditions, it is very difficult construction workers to fulfill their duties with confidence and to their best ability.

As a result of this construction accident, the Pennsylvania construction worker will lose wages and be responsible for medical bills. It is a reasonable assumption that his employer will issue workers' compensation payments for being hurt on the job. The hope is that any assistance the man receives will allow him to reclaim his health as soon as possible.

Source: 6abc News, "Worker injured in Center City boom lift fall," Chad Pradelli, Feb. 6, 2012

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