July 18, 2013
Five workers sustained Serious Personal Injuries in a construction accident several weeks ago. Records show the incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on June 28, at Davidson Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
According to a story published by The Roanoke Times, the victims were part of a crew hired to complete a 45,000-square foot expansion of the building. They were using a hydraulic scaffolding system to lift them to areas where work was being completed. When the unit was raised to the second-floor though, it collapsed beneath the workers’ feet.
Paramedics were called to the scene, and they rushed five injured workers to a local hospital for further examination. Doctors determined three of the men were suffering non-life threatening injuries that would require more treatment, while the other two were released.
The accident highlights the serious risks of injury construction workers face each day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists construction as the third deadliest occupation an individual in the United States can hold.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain employers have a responsibility to protect the safety and health of their employees. Failure to do so could result in the employer being held responsible for damages in the event of an accident.
That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been hurt in a construction accident.