A demolition project in Pennsylvania turned dangerous on Sept. 12, reportedly causing the injury and hospitalization of two workers. The construction accident was reported at approximately 1:45 p.m. in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia.
According to accounts, the workers were inside of a building on Monroe Street which was in the midst of a demolition when the incident occurred. Witnesses say that the workers were standing on top of a scaffold near a wall when the wall fell on top of them. One man from a neighboring building said he heard a loud crash followed by screaming and went to inspect the commotion.
Upon his arrival, the man reportedly found one worker on the ground beneath the wreckage of the wall. He also estimates that the men had been about three stories off the ground when the wall fell. The trapped worker reportedly appeared to have injuries to his face and head. He was eventually removed from the scene by emergency personnel and taken to an area hospital. The extent of the second worker’s injuries was not provided. The incident remains under investigation.
Many workplace accidents may be unavoidable due to unsafe working conditions or improperly functioning equipment. Anyone who is injured in an incident while at work could have a legal case against his or her employer if it is believed that lack of training or failure to provide or maintain proper equipment could be at play. A qualified personal injury attorney might be able to give a potential client an idea of whether or not a suit against an employer is something worth pursuing following a workplace accident.
Source: CBS Philly, “2 Injured In Partial Building Collapse In Queen Village“, September 12, 2014