A freak accident that occurred in North Philadelphia April 29 has resulted in injuries to two construction workers. The two men were working for a construction company hired by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to demolish a three-story row house on Diamond Street. However, their injuries were not directly related to the job they were working on but occurred when a portion of the adjacent building’s facade collapsed, dropping bricks on them.
According to reports, the men were not working at the time and were standing near the building they were demolishing when the bricks fell and struck one worker on the leg and the other worker on the head. The men were transported to a hospital for observation. A fire department captain described their injuries as not life-threatening. Reports do not indicate whether the men were wearing hard hats and other protective gear at the time.
City officials say the contractor was hired to demolish the building after a recent partial collapse, and that the city’s regulations and specifications were being followed at the time of the accident. A spokesperson for the city’s licensing and inspection department said that the contractor has no history of violations.
Construction workers are constantly exposed to dangers, even when the work is being performed correctly and safety rules are being followed. A construction worker who is injured on the job in Philadelphia is entitled to receive workers’ compensation. However, the process of filing a claim is very precise and claims are sometimes denied. Because of this, anyone who has been injured on the job may want to consider hiring an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation who could guide them through the process and represent them in a dispute if necessary.
Source: News Works, “In Philly, 2 demolition site workers hurt by debris falling from adjacent building“, April 29, 2014