Earlier this month, a construction worker suffered from a fall injury while working at a housing site in Spring Valley Township, Ohio. The man had been standing on floor joists — the beams that run under and support a building’s floors — while handling particle board when the joists gave out from under him. It is estimated that he fell 10 to 15 feet in the workplace accident, landing in what will eventually be the house’s basement.
According to an officer from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the work site was near Spring Valley Paintersville Road and Anderson Road. His rescuers had to use a crane to extricate the worker from the basement in order to bring him to safety. The worker was conscious during the rescue efforts and able to talk throughout with emergency personnel.
After rescuers got him out of the basement, a Care Flight took the man to the Miami Valley Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.
In cases such as these, workers are generally eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Benefits can include coverage for medical expenses, including related therapy bills; payment for lost wages; and even payment for any disfigurement that may result from the accident.
If the worst occurs and the man dies from his injuries, his family may be eligible to receive the benefits in his stead. Reports have not said whether the worker has a family or not.
Authorities have not named the contractor for which the injured man works. In any case, the sooner the man can begin working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, the better his outlook for a favorable outcome.
Source: WHIO, “Worker hurt in 15-foot fall at housing site,” Teesha McClam, April 19, 2012